Our Master, Christ Jesus, realized so clearly the truth of man's ever-present perfection and wholeness as the child of God that he was enabled to utilize this understanding in raising the dead. Jesus must have known that because an error which would seem to cause death was unreal, the effect which was called death must also be unreal, having no consequent or antecedent. When informed of the severe illness of Lazarus, Jesus said to his followers (John 11:11), "Our friend Lazarus sleepeth; but I go, that I may awake him out of sleep." This spiritual comprehension resulted in Lazarus' restoration to life and normal activity, even though he had been buried for four days.

Previously, when called to the bedside of a twelve-year-old child who had been declared dead, Jesus overruled the false human evidence of death, grief, and loss by declaring (Mark 5:39), "The damsel is not dead, but sleepeth." We read that the child was completely healed.

In the work of healing, it is very important to realize the mental nature of all disease and its consequent falsity. Since matter is wholly unreal, we cannot attempt to manipulate it; but we can with conviction realize the truth of man's eternal, spiritual substance and being, which dissipates the false belief or claim of error. In like manner, one would not attempt to set aright a frightening dream; he would seek to awaken from it.

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