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THE ETERNAL CHRIST

From the October 1942 issue of The Christian Science Journal


Into a land torn with human strife came the babe Jesus, he who was to bring to the world the light which, by revealing man's true nature as the son and heir of God, was to rouse the elements of evil to their limit, and finally to their self-destruction. Impersonal evil, as manifested in Herod, fearing for its own safety, recognized in the birth of Jesus the challenge of a superior power, and would have caused the babe to be slain, had not the spiritually-minded Mary and Joseph received from God a warning of this cruel intent. Fugitives before the evil design, they fled with the child by night along the road which led to Egypt. There, he who was to be the Founder of Christianity became a child refugee in an alien land.

The world could not be robbed of the priceless teachings which later on Christ Jesus gave to men. Did ever the willingness to obey the will of God meet with diviner guidance? Was ever clearer proof given of the ability of Mind to preserve that which reflects Mind?

Almost nineteen centuries later the world was given the interpretation of the teachings of Christ Jesus by Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science. From early childhood she was being spiritually prepared for the reception of her great discovery. As she neared this revelation, material so-called laws passed sentence of death upon her. Acceptance of the sentence would have robbed humanity of the great discovery; rejection of this sentence hastened its birth. With quickened spiritual perception Mrs. Eddy turned to her Bible, Matthew 9:2, and as she read received a vision of the Christ which enabled her to rise from her bed and walk, whole and well, into the presence of those who in the adjoining room awaited her passing. Pondering the works of the Master, she found there the ever-present Christ, revealing the perfect man, made in the image and likeness of God, governed by a spiritual law transcending all human law.

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