What a challenge for the thoughtful is contained in this simple statement included in Luke's account of the birth of Jesus (2:7): "There was no room for them in the inn." No room in the inn for him who was to express the Christ so fully! Are we of this age making room for the Christ? The definition of "Christ" given by Mary Baker Eddy in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" is enlightening. It reads (p. 583): "The divine manifestation of God, which comes to the flesh to destroy incarnate error."

Christ was not born the day the infant Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea. Christ, rightly understood, is the true idea of sonship, the spirit of Truth, inseparable from the Father. Evidence of the presence of the Christ is seen in the accomplishments of patriarch, prophet, Psalmist, and apostle. Evidence of the Christ is seen today in pure, consecrated, gentle, wise thoughts, words, and deeds. The birth of the Bethlehem babe in fulfillment of prophecy gave impetus to the Christ in the time of our Master and continues to do so in our age, for Christ is the forever Way-shower.

The age in which Jesus appeared as harbinger of Christ was predominantly materialistic. Most men of his time appear to have been unready and unwilling to make room in their thinking for spiritual light. Today the light of Truth is penetrating dark recesses of thought and is becoming more widely accepted by mankind. However, there are still gloomy depths and dark states of thought which sadly need spiritual light. Christian Science shows that none are excluded from spiritual light, from the understanding and demonstration of divine Principle, Love. Man, as the child of God, the manifestation of Spirit, the expression of Soul, is fully conscious of spiritual light and sustenance. The all-loving Father-Mother God is forever reflected by His image and likeness, man.

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