The Saving Christ

Isaiah, in signifying the office of the Christ, presents God as saying, "I the Lord have called thee in righteousness, and will hold thine hand, and will keep thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, for a light of the Gentiles; to open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison, and them that sit in darkness out of the prison house." And Mrs. Eddy in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 583) defines "Christ" as "the divine manifestation of God, which comes to the flesh to destroy incarnate error."

The Christ, Truth, is bringing light to the darkened thought of ignorance, superstition, and fear; it is opening the prison door of error, destroying the power of evil beliefs with the knowledge of the all-power and ever-presence of God, good. And we owe much to our Leader for having given to the world this definition of the Christ, thus verifying the prophecy of Isaiah. Every student of Christian Science is proving Isaiah's statement as he gains in spiritual understanding, laying off the false for the true. But it may be in the dense darkness of material thinking that the weeds have to be uprooted in order that the flowers of Truth may grow; it may be in the very pit of loneliness and despair that room has to be made for the Christ to enter; it may be amidst dire temptation and fear that we are led step by step to behold God's image and likeness, the man of God's creating, the reflection of God, thus losing sight of the so-called Adam-man, the false material concept of creation.

Christ, Truth, comes to the hungry heart, and satisfies. It comes to the lonely, and comforts; to the weary and heavyladen, and brings rest; to the grief-stricken and brokenhearted, and gives peace; to the sin-sick, and purifies. Through Christ, Truth, these prison doors are opened. Those hungering after righteousness are fed from the bountiful supply of God's storehouse by the all-satisfying spiritual bread, the Word of God meeting their every need. The lonely find companionship in the all-loving, tender Father-Mother God; for, as the Scriptures declare, "God is love." Therefore, there can be no lack for His children. Then there is rest for the weary and heavy-laden as they lay down their burdens; for Christ's "yoke is easy," and Christ's "burden is light," and "the government shall be upon his shoulder." There is peace also to the grief-stricken and broken-hearted in the knowledge that since God is Life, Life is deathless, eternal, and there can be no separation between Mind and His reflection, man. There is healing to the sin-sick in the understanding of the allness of good; for if God made all, "and God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good," then evil has no reality; and thus is the belief destroyed.

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November 26, 1927

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