About the Father's Business

When Jesus gave utterance to that great question which revealed the keynote of his human experience, "Wist ye not that I must be about my Father's business?" what was it that Mary and Joseph had found him doing? In Luke's gospel we read: "And it came to pass, that after three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, both hearing them, and asking them questions. And all that heard him were astonished at his understanding and answers." Although to mortals Jesus was at that time only a boy twelve years of age, he had already developed in human consciousness the true idea of service. Joseph was a carpenter, and so to none of those who heard Jesus at the time did his words convey any meaning, except perhaps to Mary, who, the record tells us, "kept all these sayings in her heart." During his three years' ministry, however, it became clear to many what his "Father's business" was. "My Father worketh hitherto, and I work," he said in answer to the Jews who persecuted him for healing the impotent man on the Sabbath day; and notwithstanding persecution,—the ever more aggressive opposition to the Christ, Truth,—he healed the sick, cleansed lepers, raised the dead, and cast out devils, correcting through his spiritual understanding of the allness of God every lie of mortal mind which was presented to him. Moreover he said that every one who believed on him—that is, who really understood his teachings—should do the works which he did—and greater works.

It is upon this promise of the Master's that Christian Science depends for proof of its divinity. Jesus left no written instructions or rules for healing, and although his disciples and those who understood his teachings healed the sick and raised the dead for about three centuries after the ascension, still the fundamental rule back of the healing effects was wrapped in mystery, so far as the lay mind was concerned, until to Mary Baker Eddy came the revelation and the divine command, as voiced by the prophet Isaiah, "Now go, write it before them in a table, and note it in a book, that it may be for the time to come for ever and ever." Thus it was that "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" came to be written. In it Mrs. Eddy reveals the spiritual laws which govern true living—the ever operative Principle of all that really is. And as Moses, through the moral law which he inscribed on tables of stone, led the children of Israel out of their slavery and Egyptian darkness, so Mrs. Eddy through her writings is leading mankind to-day out of their misery, sickness, and sin.

Honesty and Power
August 28, 1920

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