Recognizing the Risen Christ

The resurrection of Christ Jesus stands as undoubtedly the most wondrous event in human history. Not only is it the very basis of the Christian faith, but it also signifies the existence of a higher, fetterless state of being, attainable by all who recognize and faithfully follow the risen Christ.

Although Jesus had foretold his resurrection, his disciples apparently were unprepared for such an unprecedented event in their very midst. We are told that Jesus "appeared first to Mary Magdalene," Mark 16:9; who did not recognize him at once, "supposing him to be the gardener." John 20:15; Blinded with grief, she could not grasp the possibility that her beloved Master, whom she had watched during those fateful last hours on the cross, could actually be standing before her.

How poignant with meaning were the moments that followed, so briefly described in the Gospel narratives! With what infinite tenderness and compassion Jesus must have spoken to Mary, revealing to her not only his personal presence but also the dawning realization of his Christly victory over the mortal belief in matter, death, and the grave! Mrs. Eddy vividly portrays the scene: "To the woman at the sepulchre, bowed in strong affection's anguish, one word, 'Mary,' broke the gloom with Christ's all-conquering love."The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany, p. 258;

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