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RESURRECTION

From the April 1928 issue of The Christian Science Journal


THE resurrection of Christ Jesus was an event of such tremendous importance that the Christian world has gone on honoring it in ever increasing measure. Men have reverenced Jesus because of it, but they have largely held it as a supernatural event and as unexplainable except as a special dispensation of ability from God to Jesus.

Christians generally have looked to Jesus' crucifixion as the direct means of salvation for mankind, but they have often failed to recognize its wonderful culmination in the resurrection as the complete proof of all that he had taught and lived. Christ Jesus himself declared that he was "the resurrection, and the life." Paul undoubtedly understood this teaching, since he speaks much of the power of Jesus' resurrection and emphasizes the necessity of accepting and understanding its deep significance. Nevertheless, until the Comforter, which Jesus promised, had appeared in Divine Science, the world remained in comparative darkness as to the grandeur of Christ Jesus' demonstration over death and of its far-reaching effects. It is in this Science that we find the explanation which brings the resurrection as a vital element into the life-experience of every individual.

When Christ Jesus united resurrection and life in his own declaration about himself, he called attention to the fact that in the one he proved the immortality of the other. From the beginning to the end of his earthly ministration, he was teaching and proving the eternality of Life. He said, "I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly;" and again he declared, "This is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent."

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