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Living ‘to exemplify our risen Lord’

From the March 2016 issue of The Christian Science Journal

Everything Christ Jesus taught reflected the supremacy of God’s love for man—and he proved it by living it. His resurrection was the culminating proof for all humanity that divine Love alone is Life. There can be no better way, then, to celebrate that glorious Easter exultation “He is risen” than to strive each day to live in a way that proves what Jesus lived to prove. 

I love the way Mary Baker Eddy, in reference to Easter celebrations, made this point for members of the Church of Christ, Scientist. She wrote, “Those sacred words of our beloved Master, ‘Let the dead bury their dead,’ and ‘Follow thou me,’ appeal to daily Christian endeavors for the living whereby to exemplify our risen Lord” (Manual of The Mother Church, p. 60). To “exemplify” means to show by example. That’s what Jesus did, and that’s what he expected his followers to do.

The other night while I was reading in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mrs. Eddy, I came upon a passage that gave me some inspiration on living a life that proves the truth of what Jesus taught: “The divine image, idea, or Christ was, is, and ever will be inseparable from the divine Principle, God. Jesus referred to this unity of his spiritual identity thus: ‘Before Abraham was, I am;’ ‘I and my Father are one;’ ‘My Father is greater than I.’ The one Spirit includes all identities” (p. 333). I was very familiar with those three statements of Jesus regarding his identity as the Son of God. But it was that last sentence of Mrs. Eddy’s that jumped out at me: “The one Spirit includes all identities.” “All identities” would mean every one of God’s children—everyone.

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