Isaiah had a great vision of the ever-present Christ Spirit and divine government: “of the increase of His government and peace there shall be no end” (Isaiah 9:7).
First he saw the coming of Christ Jesus and that “…the government shall be upon his shoulder” (Isaiah 9:6).
The Virgin Mary had an even greater vision, in this fulfillment of God’s reign. Hers was the tender, unwavering faith in the coming of the Messiah, the son of God.
Mary’s sense of God as Father resulted in the birth of the child Jesus, the human expression of God’s manhood and his embodiment of the Christ idea, the spiritual man “created in God’s image and after His likeness” (Genesis 1:26). We celebrate this dawn of the Christ in the birth of Jesus and of Christianity in Christmas!
Mary Baker Eddy, 1900 years later in her vision of divine prophecy saw God’s motherhood and discovered the Science of Christianity based on “God is Love” (I John 4:8). It was the birth of a child of Truth and Love; impersonal, immaculate, ever-present, ever-available – the Christ shining forth in full effulgence.
Christian Science reveals this Christ idea in the recognition of God’s omnipotence as man’s true nature – this is the gift of the Magi asserting itself as the divine Law of Love – an irresistible force of good will to men.
The New York Committee’s wish for you and all mankind at this time of gratitude and joy for God’s gift of Jesus Christ and the Christ Science is best expressed from Luke 2: 13-14: “And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.”
This is what we are celebrating in our practice of healing impositions on the public, in a Christian manner and in our mission to be Christian Scientists.
Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year from the New York Committee on Publication.