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"HE HATH ANOINTED ME"

From the March 1966 issue of The Christian Science Journal


One thing that stood uppermost in Jesus' thought was the conviction that he was sent of God—that he was divinely appointed—and thus had the authority of God Himself for proclaiming the divinity of his mission.

What a tensely dramatic moment was that when, after returning to Galilee from the wilderness where he had rejected the temptations of the devil, he entered the synagogue at Nazareth! In silent awe those present heard the blessed Master read from the book of the prophet Esaias these words (Luke 4:18,19): "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, to preach the acceptable year of the Lord." He knew himself to be the one sent of God to do these things which the prophet enumerated.

The Christian Scientist is seeking to follow in the footsteps of the Master. As he gains an understanding of the Christ, he will realize that God has appointed him and anointed him to do healing works. The Master assured his disciples and all of his followers that they would be enabled to do the same works which he did, if only they believed on him, in other words, understood the Christ which he expressed.

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