Spiritual Certainty

One of Jesus' simplest and most direct statements carries a profound message and reveals the basis of his power to heal the sick and the sinning. When the centurion implored him to minister unto his "grievously tormented" servant, his immediate response was, "I will come and heal him." In this clear assertion there was expressed no doubt as to the instant availability of the spiritual understanding which accomplishes the healing work.

The Master was constantly aware that man, created in the image of God, Spirit, could never manifest anything unlike the nature of his Maker. The unerring recognition of this truth about man left no room in Christ Jesus' consciousness for belief in the reality of imperfect mortal so-called existence. Mary Baker Eddy with spiritual insight says of the Master's method in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (pp. 476, 477): "Jesus beheld in Science the perfect man, who appeared to him where sinning mortal man appears to mortals. In this perfect man the Saviour saw God's own likeness, and this correct view of man healed the sick."

Knowing that man's true existence is wholly spiritual, Jesus could not view one mortal belief as more difficult to correct than another. Thus, when he raised Lazarus from the dead, his knowledge of the true status of man was so clear and positive that before the evidence of healing appeared he said: "Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me. And I knew that thou hearest me always."

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