The Miracles of Jesus

The works of healing of Christ Jesus are frequently referred to as miracles, a miracle being "a wonderful thing; a marvel." And the Master's healings are so regarded because they far transcend those usually brought about materially. Even in the matter of time there is small comparison; for almost all the healings wrought by Jesus were instantaneous, whereas under the ways and means generally practiced, that is, in medical science, healings usually were and are more or less protracted. The "miracle" as performed by him therefore appeals to many as something extraordinary, something beyond their ken, something that they may not imitate.

To those, then, who do not know Christian Science, the healing works of Jesus are not only wonderful or marvelous, they are beyond their power to explain, although various theories have been advanced for this purpose. One of these theories is that God specially endowed the Nazarene with power temporarily to set aside or annul material law, that so-called law which is supposed to rule in cases of disease. But this theory is seen to be untenable when it is remembered that Jesus' disciples healed as he had done, and that in his words to them recorded in the sixteenth chapter of Mark's Gospel, there was contained the command to heal the sick.

No, the explanation of Jesus' miracles is far different from that given by the theory just referred to. It is to be found in the fact of his profound knowledge of spiritual law, his profound understanding of the omnipresence and omnipotence of God, and his equally clear understanding of the powerlessness of material or evil beliefs. Moreover, Jesus' faith in God as the Father of all, whose will towards all is good, and good alone, ruled out of his consciousness all faith in any other power than the power of good. The result of his understanding and faith was the destruction of erroneous belief—the healing of disease. Thus Jesus proved that, as Mrs. Eddy says on page 134 of the textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," "A miracle fulfils God's law, but does not violate that law."

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April 15, 1933

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