Our Authority

It is recorded of Jesus that he spake "as one having authority, and not as the scribes." Yet, in true humility, the Master said, "The Son can do nothing of himself." From whence, then, came all the power which was so compelling, and which impressed itself upon those who came in contact with the Master? It was not a question of worldly position. The carpenter of Nazareth could not expect, of himself, to command such a position of power; and yet, when Nathanael asked Philip, "Can there any good thing come out of Nazareth?" the latter offered no comment, but simply said, "Come and see." All, indeed, who came to Jesus in such a spirit soon discovered the power of divinity that was ever reflected by the Nazarene, who went about teaching and preaching in the synagogues.

When the doctors were discussing the law, the boy Jesus was found among them, "hearing them, and asking them questions," and "all that heard him were astonished at his understanding and answers." When the temple was being profaned by the money-changers, it was Jesus that drove them all forth, restoring to the Father's house purity and peace. At his word, the funeral procession, wending its way through the gate of Nain, stood still, and the sorrowing mother had her loved son restored to her by the operation of divine Principle, Love. The source of this supreme authority was declared by Jesus at the raising of Lazarus, when he uttered that wonderful prayer, "Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me. And I knew that thou hearest me always." Here was the authority upon which Christ Jesus relied; and it was no wonder that the word went forth with irresistible might, for it had, behind it, the power of the Almighty.

Speaking of the man Jesus, our Leader says in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 26): "Divine Truth, Life, and Love gave Jesus authority over sin, sickness, and death. His mission was to reveal the Science of celestial being, to prove what God is and what He does for man."

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"I know better"
June 27, 1936

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