Divine Manifestation

From time immemorial there have been many concrete instances of the manifestation of God to man. Especially is this true in Biblical history, wherein God's presence and power were revealed in almost innumerable cases; but the life of our Master furnishes the most remarkable illustration. His tutelage from on high, both preparatory to and during his actual ministry, is therein shown to have been a process of spiritual unfoldment, so eminently above that realized by any other man as to make him for all time the great Exemplar.

After a rare revelation of the power with which God had equipped him, Jesus found himself in Nazareth, the home of his boyhood. Standing in the synagogue he read these prophetic words of Isaiah: "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the broken-hearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, to preach the acceptable year of the Lord." This occasion had been preceded by a most remarkable spiritual unfoldment. He had passed through baptism in the Jordan, and this was followed by the baptism of the Holy Ghost, which, as Mrs. Eddy tells us on page 35 of Science and Health, means "purification from all error." He then proved the irresistible power of Truth over every temptation of mortal mind,—appetite, fear, pride,—and fully realized that his divine mission was the overcoming of sin, disease, and death. He now knew that divine Love had given him power over these enemies.

Working for the Church
May 6, 1916

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