The joy of Easter morn awaits you

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I guess you could say that when their Master was arrested, scourged, mocked unmercifully, and crucified, the disciples for the most part lost it. They lost sight—temporarily that is—of much of what he’d taught them. Jesus had told them in advance what would happen to him—including that he’d be crucified and more important that he’d rise from the dead. Had they not believed him? Were they all tinged with the doubt that Thomas displayed when he heard that Jesus had really risen from the grave? Or had Jesus’ promise of eternal life sounded wonderful but well beyond what the disciples could honestly grasp?

Is the deep-down understanding of eternal life too much for us to grasp? I, like you, love the promise of eternal life that Christian Science so clearly teaches. This marvelous fact is brought out in many ways in Science and Health. The author of that amazing book, Mary Baker Eddy, understood it in such a profound way, and I often have pondered what she so boldly states in that book, “If you or I should appear to die, we should not be dead” (p. 164). I have also deeply considered what Jesus meant when he said, “If a man keep my saying, he shall never see death” (John 8:51). 

Die but not be dead? Never see death? Wonderful promises. But what does it take to understand them? Sometimes it takes what feels like a crucifying experience.

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Forsaken by God?
April 2, 2012

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