Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Resurrection ; Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Resurrection ; Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life

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Almost 2,000 years ago, Jesus Christ resurrected from death and the grave. This remarkable event is celebrated by millions as the Christian festival Easter. For those unfamiliar with Jesus' history, it's told and retold in the Bible's four Gospels - Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.

The short version is that Jesus preached, taught, and healed for three years. His words and works challenged religious traditions of his time.

The rulers decided to stop his spiritually subversive influence by killing him. Jesus was tortured to death in a public spectacle. Sympathetic friends buried his body in a cave. On the third day, Jesus revived and appeared in the flesh to his followers.

This event changed the thinking of the world. That someone could be killed and buried and yet live in the flesh three days later could occur only through divine power. And this is the main message of Jesus' life, that with God all things are possible (see Matt. 19:26).

Jesus preached God's power and presence. He inspired people to change their behavior and live moral, upright lives. He healed others of birth defects, paralysis, mental illness, and death. He gave the perfect example of righteous living and selfless service. Jesus was the Son of God, the promised Messiah, or Christ.

Christ is the divine healing power of God, reaching humanity. Jesus was the embodiment of this divine power, or, as the Bible puts it, "The Word [Christ] was made flesh [Jesus]" (John 1:14). God raised Jesus from the dead, proving that torture, ignorance, envy, and even death couldn't destroy the Christ.

The message of the resurrection is not only that Jesus was saved from death, but that the power of God can raise us from sin, sickness, and death. Jesus taught his students, "He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father" (John 14:12).

The resurrection empowered those who witnessed it and those who believed their witness. They turned from mundane living to seek the spiritual and put into practice its possibilities on earth. And they were able to heal, as Jesus had foretold. …

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