What a wonderful day it must have been! That bright-shining original Easter morning when Christ Jesus emerging from the tomb, triumphant over every limiting belief in mortality, put an exclamation point of proof to everything he had taught his followers.
The same power that kept Jesus’ thought uplifted above the cross and lifted him free of the tomb is still among us. The living Christ, man’s divine nature as the likeness of God—which Jesus fully represented—still holds the power to destroy mortal fear and hatred, and to heal and regenerate. The spiritual qualities that constitute the divine nature—such as unselfish love, healing strength, and fearless persistence—are not limited to a select few in the remote past, but are inherent in all of us. They are just as valid in the face of today’s challenges as they were then. Christ continues to come to receptive hearts around the world to bring renewal. Spiritual faith and hope—empowered by the love of God—are still expanding, still quietly overcoming resistance, still marching on.
Of the many spiritual qualities that relate to Easter, one of my favorites is joy. I love the song that opens, “Let us sing of Easter gladness / That rejoices every day” (Frances Thompson Hill, Christian Science Hymnal, No. 413).