Our Highest Concept

Science and Health speaks of Jesus as "the highest human corporeal concept of the divine idea" (p. 589). Jesus knew himself, and knew that humanity cannot come into the presence of the all-knowing, all-loving Father except by way of its highest concept of divinity, and that there is positively no other means of receiving more of the knowledge and presence of God; hence the Master repeatedly invited mankind to come unto him, saying, "Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest;" "Him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out;" "I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger." It is significant that Jesus did not say in the first instance, Come unto God, but "Come unto me," and in this surely is shown his loving-kindness and tender mercy toward imperfect, struggling mortal thought, so fearful because so ignorant of the deep things of man's infinite Principle.

The Saviour knew that he stood at that point of experience and demonstration where he represented as much of the Christ, or divine idea, as the world could perceive and understand. When men and women did answer the call, and did come unto him, he had more beauty and blessedness to unfold, even the teaching contained in the words, "I can of mine own self do nothing;" "the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works." And today, and through all ages, we shall gain the true spirit and knowledge of divine healing, the true understanding of our Father-Mother God, only as we study our Lord's life and example. But though we are not among those privileged thousands who came into his personal presence, have we therefore lost any of that which we so much need to steady and strengthen our footsteps? No, for our highest human concept of a divine idea is always with us, in our most individual and peculiar problems. We may still arise and follow this path to the sure acquisition of the spiritual consciousness which is our actual need.

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