"My reason for existing"

Who has not asked himself at some time: What am I? Why am I here? What is the purpose of all my planning, and what is gained by all my strivings? These questions come whether our lot has fallen in pleasant paths which include everything humanly desirable, or in paths that seem to hold only a limited amount of the good things of this world. These questions come because of the reaching out of the human to the divine, the unsatisfied human longing for something beyond the power of material things or accomplishments to happify.

Christ Jesus knew with certainty the answer to these questions. He knew himself to be the Son of God, the off-spring of Spirit, Mind. He recognized his mission to be in fulfillment of Isaiah's words, "The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound."

At one time, after healing divers diseases and casting out devils from those who sought his help, he said, "I must preach the kingdom of God to other cities also: for therefore am I sent." And later on, when Pilate asked him, "Art thou a king then?" Jesus replied, "To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth."

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The Mission of Christian Science
December 4, 1937

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