What assurance is in these words of Christ Jesus, he who is known as the Messiah and the Saviour of mankind: "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest"! There is an unmistakable ring of certainty about them. But what does it mean to come unto him? And what is the nature of the rest he promises? In the very next sentence, as his words are recorded by Matthew, he throws the needed light on the subject. He says: "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."

To come to Christ Jesus, then, for rest is to make approach to him to learn of him, in order to an understanding such as he possessed of reality; and by the same method, namely, through lowliness of heart, meekness or humility. The Nazarene stands out among men as the one who understood God and His law better than any other has ever done; and it was his obedience to spiritual law which constituted the yoke which he said was easy, and which made his burden light. Because Jesus was the most spiritually-enlightened man who ever lived on earth, he knew better than all other men the constant attempts supposititious evil makes to thwart the purposes of good; but he nullified all error's seeming efforts by adherence to the truth and obedience to the law of God.

To-day, as yesterday, mortals yearn for rest and peace, for rest of body and peace of mind. And their cry may be regarded as the first step towards the gaining of that for which they crave. The Maste is no longer with us, but his teaching remains, teaching which relieves the burden and gives the needed rest; and Christian Science shows how to make it practical. How does Christian Science do this? By giving the spiritual import of Jesus' teaching, thus revealing the law of God, and showing what obedience to divine law means. Christian Science is absolutely faithful to God, in that it declares Him to be infinite good, and His law, the law of good, to be the only real law. Since God is infinite good and the law of good the only real law, God's creation, man, is under the law of good and no other law. In other words, since God is infinite good, there is no reality in evil, and therefore no evil law; consequently, man is not under an evil law.

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