[The above is an abbreviated, postproduction text of the program released for broadcast the week of December 9-15 in the radio series, "The Bible Speaks to You." Heard internationally over approximately 1,000 stations, the weekly programs are prepared and produced by the Christian Science Committee on Publication, 107 Falmouth Street, Boston, Massachusetts 02115.]

RADIO PROGRAM NO. 245-Christ the Healer, Part I

Questioner: Many of us are so caught up in our own activities, especially at this Christmas season, that we're inclined to think very little about the meaning of Christ in today's world. Christmas, of course, commemorates Christ, and in the wonderfully moving Christmas music, such as Handel's Messiah, we find rich promises that link Christ to healing.

Speaker: Yes. I love the passage in The Messiah that echoes these verses from Isaiah in the Bible (35:5, 6) : "Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the cars of the deaf shall be unstopped. Then shall the lame man leap as an hart, and the tongue of the dumb sing.-'

The full scope of the healing mission of the Christ is indicated in another passage from Isaiah (61:1) : "The Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound." Now, this brings out that the Christ heals. Jesus, the anointed one, was appointed by God to show mankind the way out of all evil through the Christ, Truth.

Words of Current Interest
December 17, 1966

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