John the beloved disciple writes (I John 1:5), "God is light, and in him is no darkness at all." The revelation that Spirit is the only Life is shown to us in all its splendor and infinite possibilities in the teachings of Christian Science. These teachings illumine the life of our Master, Christ Jesus, and show us that he always dwelt in the light and was ever aware of the allness of Spirit and his unity with it.

On one occasion, when he was asked, "Where dwellest thou?" Jesus answered, "Come and see" (John 1:38, 39). Jesus' human habitation, however, was not so important as his mental dwelling in the spiritual sense of Life, in the light of Truth, in the forever consciousness of Spirit. He wanted those who were to become his disciples to discover this and dwell with him in light. The tender appeal of his ministry lay in its invitation to "come and see," to come to the truth which he was teaching and demonstrating and see its power to illumine, redeem, and bless human lives.

It was the tender Christ that enabled Jesus to tell the man born blind (John 9:7), "Go, wash in the pool of Siloam." And we read that "he went his way therefore, and washed, and came seeing." Does not this man's experience illustrate the baptism of Spirit, the cleansing from the clay of mortal thinking in the glorious truth that man is indeed the emanation of God? The man healed must have come "seeing" in some degree that man reflects Mind. He was no longer bound by the blind fleshly beliefs he had been entertaining, but knew something of himself as the blessed child of God. The belief in human parentage was dispelled in a measure, washed away in the waters of Truth, and this restored him mentally and physically.

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