The Efficacy of the Resurrection

"What is it that seems a stone between us and the resurrection morning? It is the belief of mind in matter. We can only come into the spiritual resurrection by quitting the old consciousness of Soul in sense." Thus writes Mary Baker Eddy on page 179 of "Miscellaneous Writings."

The resurrection of Christ Jesus should afford us immeasurable advantages now, else our profession of Christianity is not very practical. We all, as Christians, would doubtless claim that we are not content to allow, figuratively speaking, a stone to separate us from those advantages; so it is highly proper to emphasize the point that the only way by which we can prevent such separation is "by quitting the old consciousness of Soul in sense," which means that the inclinations of human nature must be systematically controlled and overcome if we are to obtain any permanent and practical spiritual gain from that transition.

The church bells themselves sound joyously on Easter morning. It is a time of exaltation to one who considers that the most wonderful event which ever took place in the world can touch him directly and bless him immeasurably. Such blessings, however, are proportionate to his realization of the significance and the reasonableness of such vision of true being as set forth in Mrs. Eddy's statement in the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 26), "While we adore Jesus, and the heart overflows with gratitude for what he did for mortals,—treading alone his loving pathway up to the throne of glory, in speechless agony exploring the way for us,—yet Jesus spares us not one individual experience, if we follow his commands faithfully; and all have the cup of sorrowful effort to drink in proportion to their demonstration of his love, till all are redeemed through divine Love."

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True Worth
April 24, 1943

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