The account given in the 9th chapter of John of the healing of one who had been born blind, is peculiarly interesting in that it sets forth the vital purpose of the Master's work, and also because it marks an era in his ministry. Prior to this the great Teacher had, as it were, taken away from scholastic theology every prop on which it relied, in the way of "doctrines of men," and had shown that the foundation of his Messianic teaching and practice must be purely spiritual.

As to how this teaching and this practice were received by those who claimed to be looking for the coming of God's kingdom, we are not left in doubt. Luke tells us that when Jesus announced to the people of Nazareth his complete program, for which he had paved the way by his healing work, "they thrust him out of the city" and attempted to "cast him down headlong" from a precipice. In spite of this, however, he pursued his appointed course, healing the sick and uncovering the false foundations of mortal belief at every point. He was rejected in Galilee, and John tells us that "he would not walk in Jewry [Judea], because the Jews sought to kill him." We find, however, that he did go up to Jerusalem at the time of the feast, that he went daily the temple and taught, and that it was at this time he gave one of his most wonderful lessons, when he turned the light of Truth upon the accusers of the sinful woman so that they were at once self-convicted. Then it was that he said, perchance in the hearing of this woman, "Ye shall know the truth, and truth shall make you free,"—words which echo down the long years to this glad day when their full meaning dawns upon the world in Christian Science. These words were scarcely spoken before "they took up stones to cast at him," even within the sacred precincts of the temple.

December 8, 1906

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