“I will come and heal him.” These words, spoken by Christ Jesus to a Roman commander who had sought him to heal his ailing servant, were more than a simple response to a desperate appeal. They memorialized for all time the immediacy and surety of the divine law of harmony—the healing Christ. The Christ—the true idea of God and of each of us—has come, and always will come, to the aid of man in his times of need, no matter how desperate or hopeless the situation.
After the centurion’s humble confession of faith, Jesus told him, “Go thy way; and as thou hast believed, so be it done unto thee.” In the same hour, the servant was completely well again (see Matthew 8:5–13). How could the centurion not have believed, since he had been assured of his servant’s recovery by the greatest healer of all time?
I’d sometimes thought, when struggling through a challenge, how ideal it would be if I could speak with the Master myself and hear those same words of assurance. I could only imagine what it would do for my faith. Then, upon reading that story once more, I came to a full stop as an angel message illuminated the account for me. Those words were not a one-time response from Jesus. They are the words Christ is always speaking to each one of us in the present tense, assuring us that healing is not only possible, but inevitable.
Christ Jesus said, “The words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works” (John 14:10). Christ is ever saying to each individual consciousness, “I will come and heal you.” This is Christ’s perpetual promise, giving us the confidence that we can expect and see healing in our own times of need.
Another realization quickly followed. Since this was presumably the centurion’s first encounter with Jesus, he had never had the benefit of being taught by the Master. His understanding of the method of Jesus’ healing was no doubt minuscule compared to that of Jesus’ disciples. Yet the emphatic assertion of the Christ in his consciousness, combined with Jesus’ impressive record of healing, left no doubt in the centurion’s mind that these words had authority and power. And as he believed, so was it demonstrated to him.
This led me to think about what we have today as opposed to back then. The Comforter that Jesus prophesied would come in his name—and “teach [us] all things, and bring all things [that he had taught] to [our] remembrance” (John 14:26)—has come! Divine Science, the Comforter, has been given to you and me and to all humanity as the definitive explanation of Jesus’ healing, thus enabling us to fulfill his promise, “He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also” (John 14:12).
Consider the tremendous advantage we have over the humble centurion, who had only his faith (and little understanding of Jesus’ teachings). We have the Comforter itself in Christian Science. Lest we ever think we’re at any disadvantage, we should remember the revelation we’ve been given through the Christian Science pastor, the Bible and Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy.
There is sometimes the temptation, when healings are not quick, to wonder, “If Christ is come, why am I not healed?” But because spiritual healing is based on divine law, the question suggests that we’re looking in the wrong place for evidence. Our bodies—like our businesses, families, relationships, and so forth—are the objectification of our thinking. Like a projector projecting a picture on a screen, our thoughts are projected on our body and as our experience. The picture on the screen doesn’t change unless the image in the projector changes. For that reason, physical evidence is incapable of informing us about our true health. It only reflects what we are thinking.
Healing must take place in thought before it is reflected on the body—and this is why the Christ comes to us. Christ liberates our thinking from the enslaving beliefs of sin, sickness, disease, and death. As the mental shackles are dropped, our body is freed as well. This surrender of false beliefs for the understanding of our spiritual perfection as God’s blessed children is evidence of the Christ and the kingdom of heaven within us. When the Christ is present, discord melts away and heavenly harmony reigns.
Christ, the true idea of God, is ever saying to each individual consciousness, “I will come and heal you.”
There have been times in my experience when I have reached out to God and tangibly felt Christ’s “I will come and heal you” assurance. Years ago, I overexerted myself in a strenuous activity and pulled the hamstring muscles in both of my legs. I fell to the ground in acute pain, unable to make my legs work. With the help of my wife, I made it into the house where we were staying, and I reached out to God in a desperate appeal for help.
I have to admit it was hard not to be obsessed with the pain, and it seemed almost impossible to think an inspiring thought. I couldn’t get comfortable in any position. But recalling years of witnessing prayer heal not only myself, but others, was the “I will come and heal you” message that gave me hope in the midst of this darkness. It convinced me that I would be healed, despite the acuteness of the condition.
I spent that night battling intense discomfort and fear of how I would be able to handle a long drive and flight home the next day. But with the prayerful support of my family, I made the trip. I still could not walk without support and could not straighten my legs.
I did not consider any form of treatment other than prayer, despite the fact that the sports world claims it can take several months to recover from injuries such as this. I reversed every aggressive mental suggestion that came to me. I clung to the fact of my innate perfection as God’s perfect image and likeness, insisting with every passing hour that the Christ, which Science and Health describes as “the true idea voicing good, the divine message from God to men speaking to the human consciousness” (p. 332), was present to heal me.
As confidence in my God-given perfection increased, the physical evidence subsided to that same degree. Like the centurion, I believed. But I also knew from my study of Christian Science that I was not healing a physical condition. I was ridding consciousness of the belief that there was a physical condition that needed to be healed, or that could define me as less than the perfect expression that God had made. This understanding, meager as it seemed at the time, was enough to give me dominion over thoughts of discouragement—even more evidence that the Christ had come and was at work in my thought.
I was managing a sizable business at that time. The next day I was able to execute my responsibilities without the need to leave my desk much, and in such a way that nobody noticed anything awry. I didn’t want to invite unhelpful speculation that would lessen my confidence in the progress I was making.
That evening, I had to attend an important business function. As I rode the elevator to the event, I prayed as earnestly as I knew how—not to change a physical condition, but for the peace of mind that comes from knowing that Christ not only is coming, but is already right here with us.
And the Christ was there. I walked off the elevator with more freedom than I had felt all day. Throughout the event, I was able to do all I needed to do, and then I left and proceeded to walk three blocks to the Church of Christ, Scientist, I attend, where I was to conduct the Wednesday evening service as First Reader. I climbed the steps to the platform, the first steps I had been able to navigate since the accident, and delivered the service free of pain. The healing was complete two days later. There was no more discomfort or constrained movement from then on.
In 1906, an officer of The Mother Church said at Annual Meeting, “The Christ is here, has come to individual consciousness; and the faithful disciple rejoices in prophecy fulfilled, ‘Lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world’ ” (Mary Baker Eddy, The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany, p. 44). The timeless voice of Christ speaks to us today through every word of the Christian Science pastor. This is a lifeline in times of need. The immediacy, surety, and expectation of healing are ours now, just as they were for the centurion. The promise of the Christ is for all time: “I will come and heal you.” And what a promise it is!
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