"Go unto thine house"

The sayings of Jesus were always simple and direct. They searched the very heart of every one and everything at hand. Whether stilling the tempest, healing the sick, or raising the dead, they met the issue, supplied the human need; and it follows that, knowing declaration and doing to be such close companions, he would speak no word lightly, idly. He was, as is stated in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 313), "the most scientific man that ever trod the globe." More than any other, he realized the power characteristic of the right word, at the right time, in the right place. Our Leader, Mrs. Eddy, speaks of his sayings as "infinitely important" (Science and Health, p. 350), and we must, therefore, transfer not a part but the whole of the truth he spoke into demonstrated, practical living.

In Matthew we are told of a man sick of the palsy, who was brought to Jesus; he was helpless, inert, and was lying on a pallet bed as he had lain year after year; yet there had come to him the surging up of a great desire for healing,—the first beginnings of spiritual activity. He had heard of the Christ, and to draw closer was so vital a necessity that when he could not come near by reason of the restless throng, he caused himself to be lowered through the roof, bed and all. So there he was at length, where he had wanted to be. He had his chance! Of course the words of Jesus touched and healed him of his morbidly weary, sickened sense of life. The Master's command was specific and beyond a doubt pleasant to hear: "Arise, take up thy bed, and go unto thine house."

"Right reasoning"
January 25, 1919

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