"Loose him, and let him go"

The commandment which Jesus called the second, and which he said was like unto the first, may be said largely to form the basis of the Golden Rule. "Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself," if not the same in words, is certainly the same in meaning as the rule of conduct, taken from the Sermon on the Mount, which now popularly reads, "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you." All the world has, in one way or another, admitted the rightness of the simple statements just quoted; and the reason is not difficult to find; for its scientific appeal is the appeal of divine Principle, Love and Truth, which finds its own response in every heart seeking God, good. Christian Science is strictly in accord with the commandment, "Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself."

In the eleventh chapter of John is recorded one of the principal events in the life of Christ Jesus. The story of the awakening of Lazarus from the dead is supremely interesting even when considered merely from the viewpoint of a gospel narrative. But there is much more to this story than appears on the surface; it is replete with lessons for our daily thought and conduct,—even the practical application of the Golden Rule. There is, for instance, the taking away of the stone from the mouth of the cave. In his boyhood the writer often wondered why Jesus, with his mighty understanding, did not with one word remove the stone. The lesson, however, is obvious. Jesus never did for others what they could and ought to do for themselves. To the young man seeking vain excuses he said, "Let the dead bury their dead." So, likewise, let those that had placed the stone over Lazarus take it away. Here Christ Jesus plainly pointed to a duty that should not be overlooked.

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