The Great Commission

It is not possible to study the gospels without noting the emphasis laid by Christ Jesus upon the instructions given to his twelve disciples at the time when they were nominated by him for the service of God and humanity. This is often referred to as the great commission, and great it truly is. The men who were honored in being thus called were not themselves great; they were not chosen from among the ranks of the learned, for several of them were simple fishermen; but they must have had certain qualifications which the Master recognized and which were essential in the work of saving men from sin, disease, and death.

It is very easy for the Christian Scientist to see why the Master gave priority to the work of healing the ills of mankind, for in the light of Truth it is self-evident that healing as understood in Christian Science is of more vital importance to the race than aught else. The theology of this ministry might be said to be condensed into the opening words of the great commission, namely: "Preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand." This declaration of divine Truth underlies all the teaching of Christian Science, and the Master's command which followed his announcement of the ever presence of the kingdom of God is inseparable from it. Mrs. Eddy has opened our eyes to the great fact that God has no sick or sinful children, that in His kingdom evil has no place; and so the work of the Christian student means the offering of the proof that this is true.

Lecture in The Mother Church
April 27, 1918

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