At this season of the year we commemorate what is perhaps the greatest event ever recorded, namely, the resurrection of Christ Jesus, the Way-shower. His last days on earth were days of trial and triumph, struggle and victory, gloom and glory. The rapidly moving kaleidoscope of events pictured in the Gospel pages leaves the reader's attention absorbed in the vivid scenes brought before him, scenes alive with defeat and victory, spiritual power, movement, and light. The agony in the garden, the arrest of Jesus by the servants of the high priest, his trial before Pilate, the drama of the crucifixion, the triumph of the resurrection and its culmination in the ascension, all pass in brief but vivid retrospect.

Jesus never paused in working out the great problem of being. In "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" Mary Baker Eddy writes (p. 44): "His three days' work in the sepulchre set the seal of eternity on time. He proved Life to be deathless and Love to be the master of hate." Only three days, yet in that brief space more was accomplished by spiritual means than had been achieved in thousands of years of human endeavor. So great was the revolution of thought caused by the resurrection of Christ Jesus that the human mind, unable to fully grasp its significance, has placed it in the category of mystery or miracle. But it was not so. Jesus' lifework was a progressive and successful attack on death, and his resurrection and ascension were the final steps in the ascending scale of his mission.

Jesus did not, however, vanquish "the last enemy" for himself alone. He worked for us, to show us the way, and to give us the help and encouragement to follow him. Step by step we must tread in his footsteps. Alive with spiritual inspiration and understanding, we must heal the sick and overcome sin until death itself is vanquished. Clearly this task demands consecration, application, and demonstration.

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April 16, 1949

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