Steadfast Allegiance

Among the many promises in the book of Isaiah of the coming of the Messiah, the Prince of Peace, and the many beautiful descriptions of his nature and character, is found the prediction that he would "know to refuse the evil, and choose the good." And the New Testament is a continuous record of Christ Jesus' loyalty to good, his mission being to show forth or exemplify the nature of God. That he was true to this "steadfast high intent," the four Gospels attest; while the writings of Paul and of John frequently refer to the glory of the Christ, the Son of God, as reflected in the inspired career of Jesus.

In no instance did Jesus fail to refuse prestige or power to evil. Under all circumstances he annihilated evil or error, whether its guise was subtle or obvious. It was indeed a straight and narrow path he trod, subordinating the desire to please men to the desire to please God; yet how soon he reached the goal! The straighter the path, the sooner the destination is reached: a straight line is the shortest distance between two points. The mountaineer blazes a narrow trail to the peak in order that the footsteps of future travelers may be led as directly as possible to their goal. Our Leader, Mary Baker Eddy, in speaking of the way the followers of Truth must take, says (Miscellaneous Writings, p. 347), "It may be smooth, or it may be rugged; but it is always straight and narrow; and if it be uphill all the way, the ascent is easy and the summit can be gained."

"Earth received the harmony"
April 2, 1927

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