"Risen with Christ"

Christian Scientists are sometimes asked why their church does not observe "times and seasons" in the way that a good many other churches do, as, for instance, the Sunday called Easter. These questioners forget that St. Paul reproached the Galatians because they apparently did not grasp as they should the meaning of divine sonship, but instead clung to outward things, "the weak and beggarly elements" of mortal belief. He says, "Ye observe days, and months, and times, and years." In Article XVII of our Church Manual (Sect. 2) we are told that "there shall be no special observances, festivities, nor gifts at the Easter season by members of The Mother Church." Our Leader adds: "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."

Let no one think, however, that the Easter season means little to the Christian Scientist, who no longer observes it with outward ceremonial, but instead asks himself to what extent he has "risen with Christ" above earth and earthliness, consequently above doubt and fear. In his epistle to the Colossians Paul deals with this whole question in a daring and profoundly spiritual manner. He tells of the divine purpose to reveal to men that which has seemed to be a mystery, hid from the ages but made known through Christ Jesus, and he says that "the riches of the glory of this mystery" is "Christ in you, the hope of glory." The apostle then calls for faith in "the operation of God," who raised Jesus from the dead. To the Christian Scientist this does not mean faith to believe that God did so, for this is accepted by him without question, but faith in the operation of the same divine law at the present hour and in his own experience, the unfolding faith which lifts one above sin, sickness, and the fear of death.

"That they might have life"
April 22, 1916

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