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EASTER

From the April 1928 issue of The Christian Science Journal


ON page 180 of "Miscellaneous Writings" Mrs. Eddy writes, "I love the Easter service: it speaks to me of Life, and not of death." And she adds the significant admonition, "Let us do our work; then we shall have part in his [Jesus'] resurrection." To determine what the work is that our Leader enjoins her students to do that they, too, may have part in the resurrection, is a most important problem, to which every earnest Christian Scientist is striving to find the solution. As voluntary disciples of the Nazarene. we must strive to emulate his example in every particular.

Christian Science has revolutionized the meaning of resurrection, as it has so many other teachings of the Scriptures, by restoring them to their original meanings, the meanings they had before scholasticism entered to confuse and weaken Biblical authority. Christ Jesus foresaw his resurrection as clearly as he foreknew his experience on the cross. His glorified exit from the tomb was as certain as was his disappearance through ascension ; and both of these marvelous experiences were in proof of the power of Spirit over matter, of the power of God successively to destroy through His Christ every false concept of Life and intelligence, until man in the veritable image of his Maker should stand revealed, and mortals should through resurrection awake in the divine likeness.

Jesus was never in doubt as to the work he had to do. "My Father worketh hitherto, and I work," he replied to the Jews threatening and persecuting him because he had presumed to heal on the Sabbath day. Was not the work which Jesus attributed to God the expression of Mind in its perfect ideas, the eternal reflection of Truth and Love, whereby God creates and maintains His spiritual and perfect universe? Obviously, the work which God does is always and forever the operation of divine law. The work which Jesus was performing in accordance with the Father's will, and for which he was being condemned by the materially-minded Jews, was the demonstration of the power of this divine law to overthrow the very stronghold of evil, the assumption of a material universe including mortal man. His entire message and all his works were for the sole purpose of demonstrating the all-power of God and the no-power, the utter nothingness, of evil. As God's work was and eternally is the expression of spiritual perfection, so Jesus conceived it to be his work to prove good to be real and substantial, evil to be unreal and unsubstantial.

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