Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

The Cross and the Power of Life Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

The Cross and the Power of Life Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life

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Much of the imagery associated with the Easter season seems to focus on the violent death suffered by Christ Jesus at the hands of political and religious leaders. The talk around this time seems to zero in on the image of Jesus on the cross, a martyr, a sacrificial lamb.

In a recent article in The Boston Globe, James Carroll, a former Roman Catholic priest, shared a thought-provoking insight that questioned the conclusion that God's anger had to be appeased by the death of His innocent Son. He wrote, "... what if the cross is intended not to change God's mind, but humanity's? What if God's attitude toward creation is one of permanent loving mercy, and what if Jesus came to disclose that? Then resurrection - a symbol of that mercy - replaces crucifixion in the center of belief."

The resurrection of Jesus is indeed at the heart of the Easter story. And its message tells of God's love overcoming all the earthly pain and suffering that is symbolized by the cross. It's a timeless message that brings fresh hope each Easter. In truth, it's God's gift of hope for all humanity, whatever your religious denomination, whether you do or don't have one. In his triumph over death, which happened through his profound spiritual understanding of God's love, Jesus was not just sending a signal to a select set of people of his time. Rather, he was demonstrating a divinely scientific fact that is truly applicable to all people in every era: God is everyone's Life, eternally. After his resurrection, Jesus walked and talked and even dined with his disciples. He continued to tell them about God, elaborating on the lessons he had been teaching them before his betrayal. But now those lessons hit home with extra force, because his students had seen practical proof that hatred and death do not have the power to extinguish love and life. Nor did these wonderful lessons end with the resurrection. After spending some more time with his followers, Jesus rose even higher spiritually, absolutely out of the sight of his disciples. …

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