Easter: how Christ transforms us

Easter ushers in opportunities for a fresh sense of transformation in the landscape of our lives. On the simple level of seasons shifting, bursts of bright yellow daffodils and purple crocuses break through hardened earth. On a much deeper level, Easter resonates as the time of Christ Jesus’ complete and perfect demonstration of the reign of good, God, eternal Life. Jesus rose above lies, physical pain, and death; and his unequivocal victory opens the possibilities for our own sense of resurrection or revitalization of good right where we are. 

In Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, Mary Baker Eddy defines resurrection metaphysically as “spiritualization of thought; a new and higher idea of immortality, or spiritual existence; material belief yielding to spiritual understanding” (p. 593). In a spiritual sense, resurrection occurs as a result of gaining a deeper understanding of Life, God, and of man as inseparable from God and His goodness. Any individual is “resurrected” in proportion to that person’s understanding of divine Life and a willingness and commitment to participate in and have profound gratitude for spiritualized thinking.

Jesus’ understanding of Life was proved with such a resounding sense of fullness that it enabled him to escape the tomb and reappear to his disciples with the same wounded body that they believed was entombed forever in a sepulcher. In just three days, Jesus emerged with the most significant message mankind has ever received: Life is eternal, indestructible; and yes, goodness reigns.

Is it any wonder that Easter is such a sacred season in a Christian’s heart? It is the season of Jesus’ revealing of the fullness and eternal nature of the Christ-idea. 

Life is eternal, indestructible.

What is our part in the resurrection? Can we submerge deeper in Spirit to understand the Christ with more grace and truth, and with renewed inspiration? Can we be more diligent, and thoughtfully consider Jesus and his resurrection in our spiritual study? 

Mankind has been given the precious Science of the Christ. In one’s practice of Christian Science, an individual may roll away the stone of earthly thinking and dissolve material beliefs. But how do we roll the stone away? It’s not so much in the study of mere words on a page, but in our own thoughts and actions where resurrection and healing occur. Jesus proved in life and healing that we each coexist with divine Truth, and that we can live this Truth each moment. In this, no one is alone. Even Jesus said, “I can of mine own self do nothing” (John 5:30). The Christ-idea accompanies us even today.

The Christ is defined in the Glossary of Science and Health, in part, as “the divine manifestation of God ...” (p. 583). What does the Christ do, according to the rest of this definition? The Christ “comes to the flesh to destroy incarnate error.” 

How profound to define the Christ so clearly in this way! It’s so meaningful that the word destroy was selected to indicate that the Christ not only heals but eradicates bodily error. Necessarily then, in Christian Science healing, it’s understood that there is no possibility for a return of an error “destroyed” by Christ, because it has been utterly annihilated. Christ-healing is complete in every way: Much more than bodily healing, it reveals a better, higher way of living. The Christ transforms lives, forever rolling away the stone and helping resurrect what was once stale thinking. 

So how do we continue to progress and participate in our own resurrection? One way is to study the weekly Bible Lesson from the Christian Science Quarterly and carefully read and consider each passage, letting the ideas resonate. Spiritual study is different from any other study. There is certainty in the inspiration from divine Truth we’re taking in, and Truth heals. Divine Truth is the most precious thing on earth and is the standard for real living. As the profound consideration of Truth takes place, the presence of the Christ reveals spiritual resurrection, and Truth resonates within consciousness.

We may roll away the stone of earthly thinking.

We can see the resurrection blooming within the very words on the page, the same words read all week, with new inspiration day by day. Within these silent, sacred moments, one is renewed in Truth and can release a personal, or willful, sense of schedule, needs, and material constraints. To commune with God, Truth, is the most important and natural thing for us to do, because we are created to adore our creator, infinite Mind. 

Our participation in the resurrection begins with an awakening. To the degree that someone is, in the words of Paul, “dead in trespasses and sins” (Ephesians 2:1) they are deadened and dulled to the true sense of life, oblivious of the true nature and stature of man. But the moment anyone catches a first glimpse of Christ, Truth, their resurrection begins.

To continue in the Christly resurrection is the blessed privilege of all who study, understand, and live with divine Truth. Regeneration is the effect; it’s a conscious rising, step by step, out of the valley of despondency to the heights where health, harmony, and holiness prevail. Along the way, discouragement and doubt may arise, but Jesus’ triumph over temptation in the wilderness proves that standing firm with God’s angel messages brings freedom. Challenges come to every one of us, but the need is to rise up so completely that eventually we fully embrace the God-ordained goodness and healing that is opened to us by Christ.

We can be so grateful to Christ Jesus for his demonstration—for all humanity—of eternal Life. Easter brings us great rejoicing and deep inner gratitude, symbolizing to us the rising above all darkness, “trespasses and sins,” and even the worries that can come with daily living. It means accepting the broad, full spectrum of everlasting divine Life.

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