The function of the Christ is to manifest in human consciousness the presence and power of God. In Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures Mary Baker Eddy defines "Christ" as "The divine manifestation of God, which comes to the flesh to destroy incarnate error."Science and Health, p. 583;Science and Health, p. 583;
A term for the evil that opposes the action of the Christ is animal magnetism. This evil would keep us from knowing that God is present and powerful in human consciousness. And to accomplish this purpose, it appeals to the baser instincts in such a way as to make those who turn their backs on human problems think they are being holy.
Christ Jesus exemplified the Christ. He showed God's love for mankind, God's presence to care for all people, and God's power to heal and save all who will recognize the Christ, Truth, and believe. His exemplification of Truth demonstrated "God at hand." This irritated those who felt more at peace with "a God afar off,"Jer. 23:23;Jer. 23:23; and they crucified Jesus. The demonstration of the Christ today produces the same kind of irritation.