"Come unto me, ... and I will give you rest"

One of the most notable sayings of Christ Jesus, to be found recorded in the eleventh chapter of the gospel of Matthew, reads: "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light." It has brought consolation to unnumbered thousands, even to thousands who have not apprehended the scientific meaning of the words, but have take them rather as an invitation from a human, personal Saviour. In him they have placed their faith; and even this faith has brought to them a certain measure of peace and rest.

But, as Christian Science shows, the mission of Christ Jesus was not a personal one at all; his constant endeavor was to lead men, through himself as Way-shower, to God, to his Father and their Father. "I can of mine own self do nothing," he said; and again, "The Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works." And yet again, when one addressed him as "Good Master," he replied, "Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God." The great Way-shower was continually guiding the thoughts of those he taught to the Father. God was to divine Principle of his being and their being; and it was to God he sought to lead them.

In Jesus' day, as in ours, the curse upon men was materialism. They believed that they lived in matter and were limited by matter. They believed that matter was real substance, and they endowed it with great power. In leading them to God, the Father, Jesus had to replace material beliefs by the understanding of spiritual reality. In other words, he had to reveal to them the Christ. As Mrs. Eddy has so well stated in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 332): "Jesus demonstrated Christ; he proved that Christ is the divine idea of God—the Holy Ghost, or Comforter, revealing the divine Principle, Love, and leading into all truth." And it was the Christ he invited all to come to, in the words quoted above from Matthew.

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