Christ, the Light

The first mandate of God, "Let there be light," has no small significance to him who is working his way out of the darkness of materiality through the unfoldment of spiritual reality. When "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy was first given to the world,—indeed, each time since then when the sick or heavy-laden children of men have turned to it, it has been as if the angel of God stood by with the same command, "Let there be light." For the Science of being which this book reveals is the very light of lights,—that blessed truth, the Christ, which centuries ago so illumined the thought of the man Jesus of Nazareth as to enable him to cast out the darkened sense of sin, sickness, and death, and to declare, "I am the light of the world."

In Science and Health (p. 503) the author speaks of this light as the first presentation of "the idea of God," which is followed in the order of unfoldment by "reflection," and then by "spiritual and immortal forms of beauty and goodness." Webster defines light as "the essential condition of vision." According to this it is self-evident that divine Mind's first presentation of its idea would be in light, for without "the essential condition of vision" further revelations of Himself would be inconceivable.

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