Popular belief insists that everything that exists, animate or inanimate, is material. It says that everything in the universe is governed by physical laws, from the orbiting of the planets to the health of the body.
But what about Christ Jesus, who consistently demonstrated dominion over material laws and healed contrary to them? What was his view of matter?
Mary Baker Eddy, who devoted her life to understanding and making plain to humanity the Science of the Christ behind Jesus’ words and works, writes: “Christ Jesus’ sense of matter was the opposite of that which mortals entertain: his nativity was a spiritual and immortal sense of the ideal world. His earthly mission was to translate substance into its original meaning, Mind. He walked upon the waves; he turned the water into wine; he healed the sick and the sinner; he raised the dead, and rolled away the stone from the door of his own tomb. His demonstration of Spirit virtually vanquished matter and its supposed laws” (Miscellaneous Writings 1883–1896, p. 74).