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Following the example set by the question-and-answer columns in the early Journals, when Mary Baker Eddy was Editor, this column will respond to general queries from Journal readers with responses from Journal readers. You’ll find information at the end of the column about how to submit questions. Readers are also encouraged to go to Chapter III of Miscellaneous Writings 1883–1896, by Mary Baker Eddy — “Questions and Answers.”

In what sense did Jesus have a "mission" that was "from God"?

From the February 2012 issue of The Christian Science Journal

Q. What Jesus Christ said, did, and accomplished for us is clear from the Bible and the writings of Mary Baker Eddy. But in what sense did he have a “mission” that was “from God”? Literally this would mean God saying in essence, “OK, Jesus, run on down to the material universe and help those poor mortals.”

But this isn’t possible, since God, Mind, is “of purer eyes than to behold evil” (Habakkuk 1:13). Mind does not know a material universe, because there is no such thing, even as a dream. Can you explain?
—A reader in North Carolina, US

A. The answer, I feel, has to do with Jesus’ nature and self-identification as the Christ. Does Christ know evil, that it should be healed? No. Christ heals sickness and sin the way light “heals” darkness, simply by being itself—all light, which dispels darkness quite 

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