JESUS had an infinite sense of his mission; there does not seem ever to have been any doubt in his thought regarding his calling. In his boyhood he told his mother that he must be about his Father's business. And at the beginning of his ministry, as he came up out of the water from his baptism, he heard God's voice saying (Matt. 3:17), "This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased." With what assurance he read from the book of the prophet Esaias: "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, to preach the acceptable year of the Lord" (Luke 4:18, 19). And when he had finished reading he said, "This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears."

We can be sure that accompanying all Jesus' healing works was the thought, "He hath sent me." When he entered the room where Jairus' little daughter lay dead, there was power in the consciousness that God had anointed him. When he stood before the tomb of Lazarus, was he not, as always, conscious of his divine commission? Great leaders have always been sure of their commission. Mary Baker Eddy knew that God had called her not only to proclaim His Science but also to plant and care for His vineyard.

May 24, 1952

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