"Thy word is truth"

Few passages, if any, in all the Gospels make stronger appeal as expressive of the transcendent love which Jesus bore for the disciples who had shared with him the hardship and dangers, the joys and triumphs, of his marvelous ministry, than are found in the seventeenth chapter of John's Gospel. With tenderest solicitude he prayed the Father to "keep them from the evil," and to "sanctify them through thy truth;" and he adds the significant assertion, "Thy word is truth." So conscious was Christ Jesus of God's presence as the loving Father, omnipresent and omnipotent, that he was able instantly, under all circumstances and at all times, to invoke the divine power. Moreover, Jesus knew that God speaks through men; that His word is intelligible and true; for he recognized that God, as creator of the universe, must be Truth.

Furthermore, the words and works of the Nazarene furnish the complete answer to Pilate's searching question, "What is truth?" He set before all the world for all time the fundamental truth which, grasped, understood, and utilized, becomes the perfect remedy for all the evils which in multifarious form beset human experience. It was because of his perfect understanding of God, the Father, of Truth and its potency, that Jesus called upon divine protection for his beloved disciples. He foreknew the harassments to which his followers would be subjected, and in words that for many centuries have brought calm and peace to true followers everywhere, he committed them to the sheltering arms of divine Love.

That Christian Science explains and elucidates Truth its students are assured; for Mrs. Eddy not only defines it, but furnishes the rule and method of its use. She elaborates the words of the Master, making so plain what Truth is that he who runs may read and learn the processes whereby it is demonstrated in human experience.

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