An After-Easter Lesson

EARLY in the week, I heard a regret expressed that the Lesson Committee had not prepared a special lesson to be read on Easter Sunday. Instantly the thought came that our faithful Lesson Committee is guided in its work, and surely the need of the people is supplied. So, in studying the lesson with purpose of finding the Easter lesson that must surely be contained therein, a chain of thought developed which was beautiful and complete from beginning to end, leading up to the statement that "The true idea of God gives the true understanding of Life and Love [which] robs the grave of its victory" (Science and Health, p. 323), as shown forth in the triumphant demonstration of Jesus.

The great truth that "I and my Father are one" was the foundation of Jesus' teaching, and every step was a demonstration of this unity of man with God. It is this great truth that "hath rolled away the stone from the door of human hope and faith, and elevated them to possible "at-one-ment with the spiritual idea of man, and his divine Principle, Love" (Science and Health, p. 45), and has made the Easter demonstration—the rising above the false testimony of the material senses—possible for all men. The behest of the cross is the laying down of all fleshliness, in order to gain this spiritual dominion—self-abnegation, the forsaking of all worldliness—for "a great sacrifice of material things must precede this advanced spiritual understanding" (Science and Health, p. 16).

The time for this reappearing of the Christ idea, this spiritual understanding which follows the complete sacrifice of material things, is now, and in proportion as the sacrifice is made, thought rises with Christ into newness of life, oneness with the Father. Now is the time for material beliefs to be crucified, that the risen Christ may "dwell in your hearts by faith," and that man may "know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God."

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Among the Churches
May 16, 1903

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