It is worthy of note that the first declaration of the mission of Christ Jesus to the children of men, as recorded in the New Testament, is that "he shall save his people from their sins;" and as we follow him through his brief ministry it is made clear that the primary purpose of his coming was the awakening of mankind to universal salvation, to a recognition of the at-one-ment of God and man, and the leading of humanity through progressive steps to that knowledge of God which he said was "life eternal." In taking these progressive steps the Master gave great prominence in his ministry to the healing of the sick, not because this was the ultimate of his teaching, but because the perfection of God and man in His image and likeness, the truth of being which he taught, was diametrically opposed to the false concept of man as sick, sinning, and dying. The knowledge of God and man which he imparted destroyed these false beliefs, and the individual, being no longer under their dominion, was healed.

John the Baptist, the forerunner of the Messiah, had preached repentance and the coming of the kingdom of heaven, and Jesus reiterated this preaching, coupling with it, however, in demonstration of its truth, the healing works that made their appeal where the doctrine of salvation from sin fell upon ears that heard not. How close was the connection between the preaching and healing is shown in the instance of the man sick with the palsy. The scribes accused Jesus of blasphemy when he said to the afflicted one, "Thy sins be forgiven thee," but there was no room for doubt as to his God-given power when at the word of command the palsied man "arose, and departed to his house."

March 2, 1912

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