THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD

In Science and Health (p. 270) we read, "The prophets of old looked for something higher than the systems of their times; hence their foresight of the new dispensation of Truth." Isaiah's clear discernment of the eternal truth of being lifted the veil of material sense, and he saw that God would be revealed to human consciousness in a larger and fuller sense than world had ever known Him. Concerning this revelation of Truth, which he doubtless foresaw would come just as soon as the world was prepared to receive it, he wrote, "The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined." In the fulness of time the prophecy was verified. Suddenly and unexpectedly a man appeared to confound the wisdom of the ages with his words and works. He came "not to destroy, but to fulfil." The great work of liberating humanity, which Moses had begun nearly sixteen hundred years before and the prophets had carried on according to the light that was given them, could not suffer at his hands. It is true that many errors were rebuked and many misconceptions were corrected, but nothing was done that did or could in any way conflict with law or prophecy.

Even though the personality of Christ Jesus was unknown to Isaiah, yet his character was clearly discerned and portrayed, as may be seen by comparing the words of the prophet with the teachings and works of the one in whom the prophecy was fulfilled. The forerunner of the Messiah was "a man sent from God, whose name was John. ... He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light." The preaching of John the Baptist was more spiritual, and hence it was better adapted to humanity's need than was the preaching of the accepted religious leaders of his day, but the fulfilment of law and prophecy was not to be found in his life and words. He spake of himself as "the voice of one crying in the wilderness." To his disciples he said, "Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world." Again he said, "He must increase, but I must decrease. ... For he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto him."

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