Unity of Good, by Mary Baker Eddy
Books by Mary Baker Eddy

The Saviour's Mission
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The Saviour's Mission




   If there is no reality in evil, why did the Messiah come
to the world, and from what evils was it his purpose
to save humankind?  How, indeed, is he a Saviour, if
the evils from which he saves are nonentities?
   Jesus came to earth; but the Christ (that is, the divine
idea of the divine Principle which made heaven and earth)
was never absent from the earth and heaven; hence the
phraseology of Jesus, who spoke of the Christ as one who
came down from heaven, yet as "the Son of man which
is in heaven."  (John iii. 13.)  By this we understand
Christ to be the divine idea brought to the flesh in the son
of Mary.
   Salvation is as eternal as God.  To mortal thought
Jesus appeared as a child, and grew to manhood, to suffer
before Pilate and on Calvary, because he could reach and
teach mankind only through this conformity to mortal
conditions; but Soul never saw the Saviour come and go,
because the divine idea is always present.
   Jesus came to rescue men from these very illusions to
which he seemed to conform:  from the illusion which
calls sin real, and man a sinner, needing a Saviour; the
illusion which calls sickness real, and man an invalid,
needing a physician; the illusion that death is as real as

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Life.  From such thoughts - mortal inventions, one and
all - Christ Jesus came to save men, through ever-present
and eternal good.
   Mortal man is a kingdom divided against itself.  With
the same breath he articulates truth and error.  We say
that God is All, and there is none beside Him, and then
talk of sin and sinners as real.  We call God omnipotent
and omnipresent, and then conjure up, from the dark
abyss of nothingness, a powerful presence named evil.  We
say that harmony is real, and inharmony is its opposite,
and therefore unreal; yet we descant upon sickness, sin,
and death as realities.
   With the tongue "bless we God, even the Father; and
therewith curse we men, who are made after the similitude
uman concept] of God.  Out of the same mouth
proceedeth blessing and cursing.  My brethren, these
things ought not so to be."  (James iii. 9, 10.)  Mortals
are free moral agents, to choose whom they would serve.
If God, then let them serve Him, and He will be unto them
All-in-all.
   If God is ever present, He is neither absent from Himself
nor from the universe.  Without Him, the universe
would disappear, and space, substance, and immortality
be lost.  St. Paul says, "And if Christ be not raised, your
faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins."  (1 Corinthians xv.
17.)  Christ cannot come to mortal and material sense,
which sees not God.  This false sense of substance must
yield to His eternal presence, and so dissolve.  Rising

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above the false, to the true evidence of Life, is the resurrection
that takes hold of eternal Truth.  Coming and
going belong to mortal consciousness.  God is "the same
yesterday, and to-day, and forever."
   To material sense, Jesus first appeared as a helpless
human babe; but to immortal and spiritual vision he was
one with the Father, even the eternal idea of God, that
was - and is - neither young nor old, neither dead nor
risen.  The mutations of mortal sense are the evening and
the morning of human thought, - the twilight and dawn
of earthly vision, which precedeth the nightless radiance
of divine Life.  Human perception, advancing toward
the apprehension of its nothingness, halts, retreats, and

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