THE command to "rise" is a most important one to the student of Christian Science, and we find it appearing in both the Bible and the writings of Mary Baker Eddy. This behest has deep meaning in the application of truth to the ills of mankind. Jesus' command to the paralytic at the pool of Bethesda was (John 5:8) "Rise, take up thy bed, and walk," and immediately he obeyed. Peter said to the cripple at the temple gate (Acts 3:6), "In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk." Then we are told that "he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God."

The human effort to stand up was not all that was required of these men. They needed also, through the Christ, to rise above a crippled sense of life and prove false the so-called material laws which they believed had held them in bondage for many years. This was accomplished through the clear discernment which Jesus and his disciple Peter had of God's omnipresent, omniactive law of perfection, which annulled every supposed law of matter or the body claiming to govern these men and immediately restored them.

October 29, 1949

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