When Pilate surrendered Jesus to the Pharisees he voiced...

The Christian Science Monitor

When Pilate surrendered Jesus to the Pharisees he voiced an admonition for all time: "Behold the man!" Pilate was a pagan and the Pharisees had a theology that was as lifeless as dust, yet the Pharisees are often condemned by Christians for failing to see the truth about man that Christ Jesus demonstrated for the benefit of the world.

The Christ is as present and apparent to-day as the Christ has ever been, or ever will be. But do avowed Christians now behold the man of God and prove their appreciation in the way Jesus directed, by repeating his works? Teaching that logically and demonstrably coincides with that of Jesus the Christ is rejected by the schools. Healing that imitates that of the Master and approximates his results is denounced by physicians and sometimes declared unlawful by judges and legislators. Theology that produces such results of physical and moral regeneration as Jesus acknowledged and emphasized is opposed by the churches. Much of current thought is so engrossed with materialistic concepts that it rejects the Savior, intentionally, or not, as the case may be. It does not realize either the opportunity or the capacity to see or appreciate the Christ. Christian Science teaches consistently the infinitude of God and shows the need for as clear recognition now, as ever, of His manifestation, man. This need finds forceful expression in the words, "Behold the man!"

On the basis of the Christian teaching of God and man as Father and son, a right estimate of man is inseparable from a true conception of God, and vice versa. Jesus stated the fact, as follows: "No man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him." In exact agreement with this is the Christian Science teaching that God is Principle and man is His expression or idea; consequently, failure to see the expression, man, results in failure to apprehend Principle, God.

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