Easter—a message of Christly love

When I was growing up, my family’s observance of Easter included attending church services that focused on rituals symbolizing the crucifixion of Christ Jesus. To me, it seemed as if the crucifixion was the main event of Jesus’ career instead of his resurrection from the grave three days later. It is tempting to be fascinated by the injustice and horror of the crucifixion, a fate no one was expected to survive. In fact, not even Jesus’ closest friends and disciples could believe those who said they had seen him after he rose from the grave.

But the story didn’t end with the crucifixion, which was the way to the resurrection—to the final proof of all that Jesus had taught.

The Bible says that Jesus “went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil” (Acts 10:38). Wasn’t this the heart of Jesus’ mission? Christ Jesus’ life-purpose was salvation for all humanity. Through studying Christian Science, I’m learning that this is a full salvation from all kinds of discord, including disease and sin. And it’s not something to be attained in some far-off time or place, but right here and now, as Jesus proved.

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