Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Resurrection, Then and Now

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Resurrection, Then and Now

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Initially, Jesus' resurrection generated more questions than answers. How had the stone been rolled away from the grave? And where was Jesus' body? According to Chapter 24 of Luke's gospel, the women who first discovered all of this were "much perplexed."

Another of the day's mysteries included a trip to Emmaus, during which two of Jesus' disciples failed to recognize their Master. Cleopas and a friend walked for miles with Jesus, and talked with him, but "their eyes were holden that they should not know him." In short, they were so certain the only possible outcome of crucifixion was death that they never dreamed Jesus himself might be there beside them.

It took quite a while for them to catch on, in spite of the hints Jesus gave them. For example, "Beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself." But they still didn't recognize Jesus.

Eventually, though, when Jesus "took bread, and blessed it, and brake, and gave to them," Cleopas and his friend finally figured out who the man was. This familiar practice, which Jesus had done when he fed the multitude in the desert and nourished the disciples at the last supper, roused them, and "their eyes were opened, and they knew him."

Once Jesus' identity was clear to them, it sounds as though Cleopas and his buddy could have kicked themselves for taking so long to recognize him. Luke explains, "They said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us ... while he opened to us the scriptures?"

We've all had moments of being a Cleopas, stuck in a hopelessly limited and limiting view of what's possible. But we don't have to stay there. Jesus proved with his resurrection that negative outcomes which seem certain are not inevitable. Christ eliminates the inevitability of evil.

In her book "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," the Monitor's founder, Mary Baker Eddy, explained Christ as "the true idea voicing good, the divine message from God to men speaking to the human consciousness" (p. …

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