by Kate W. Buck
When Jesus called to Lazarus to “come forth,” Jesus rejected any sense of the reality of what is called death. He was only conscious of Life, and so he could call to Lazarus to come out from the belief in death, from the debris of fear and darkness, into the light of eternal Truth — and Lazarus was obedient to Truth’s call. Mrs. Eddy writes, “Jesus restored Lazarus by the understanding that Lazarus had never died, not by an admission that his body had died and then lived again.” (S&H)
Jesus also called the blind to come forth and see, and the lame to walk, ignoring the claim that they could not do these perfectly natural things. He always saw man as perfect, knowing that man’s dominion and right activity are never interfered with. Frequently the Master called them to come forth from hunger, loss, sickness, fear, sin; and as they obeyed the call, old beliefs dropped away, and the perfect man of God was revealed.
All mankind must hear and obey the call to come forth from the material suggestion that man is mortal — to come forth out of all belief in a selfhood apart from God — and rise to the clear vision of man as God’s image, spiritual, perfect, and immortal now.
In Hebrews we read, “He that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.” To diligently seek God is to long for good only. We may not come to God with pride of mortal selfhood, coldness of intellect, or with any conceit in personal achievement. We come because we believe in Christ Jesus and his teachings as to the allness and goodness of God, and because we realize something, at least, of what love means.
As we silence the material sense of things, we are better able to recognize the presence of the Christ, which then takes quiet possession of our being, peace is born, and the true sense of man appears. We discard and forget the mortal sense of personality, which has been only a shadow of the man of God’s creating. All good is ours, not by striving and struggling to attain it, but by quietly and confidently knowing that we actually are sons and daughters of God.
The call to come forth still sounds in the ears of those who are listening for the word of Truth. Let us today listen for the voice of the Master, obey his loving admonitions, accept the truth he gave, and reconsecrate ourselves to God and His service, hearing now as did those beforetime, the divine call, “Come out from among them, and be ye separate,” and be ready to step into the sunlight of Truth.