It is meet that at Easter the thoughts of all Christians should turn to that momentous event two thousand years ago when the world's first Christian demonstrated the immortality of Life in what is known as the resurrection. All the darkness and materiality of the intervening centuries has not availed to dim the wonder and glory of that event. And in any right observance of Easter there must be an awareness of the palpitating presence of Life.

Mary Baker Eddy, our beloved Leader, refers to the undying spiritual illumination and vitality of the first Easter morning in one of her letters to branch churches, where she writes, "May the benediction of 'Well done, good and faithful,' rest worthily on the builders of this beautiful temple and the glory of the resurrection morn burst upon the spiritual sense of this people with renewed vision, infinite meanings, endless hopes, and glad victories in the onward and upward chain of being" (The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany, p. 202).

Jesus had the spiritual understanding and power to elude his captors, as in fact he had done on a number of earlier occasions, and to escape his trial and crucifixion; but he knew that to pass through the belief of death and prove its unreality was the culmination of his lifework as our Saviour. Thus he voluntarily submitted to death for the purpose of demonstrating for mankind the possibility and the method of resurrection.

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Love's Power
April 5, 1947

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