EMULATING THE HUMANITY OF JESUS

The great mass of people inhabiting the earth was all that the word humanity meant to me until one day when I was reading "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy this passage arrested my attention (p. 25): "The divinity of the Christ was made manifest in the humanity of Jesus." A dictionary gave the meaning of "humanity" as used in the quotation as the "quality of being humane; the kind feelings, dispositions, and sympathies of man; esp a disposition to relieve distress, and to treat all creatures with kindness."

In the Bible I read that "Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people" (Matt. 4:23). This passage, and others of similar content in the Gospels, told me of Jesus' "disposition to relieve distress," of his manner of expressing humanity. Here was my answer to the latter part of the quotation from Science and Health with regard to "the humanity of Jesus;" but I still had to associate "the divinity of the Christ" with the teaching and healing ministry of the Master.

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