Easter Gladness

“Let us sing of Easter gladness that rejoices every day,

Sing of hope and faith uplifted; Love has rolled the stone away.

Lo the promise of fulfillment, Lo the man whom God hath made,

Seen in glory of an Easter crowned with light that cannot fade” (1)

This hymn of gladness echoes the promise Christ’s resurrection brought to all humanity — freedom from sin and death and the understanding that each of us has been given the opportunity to take part in this same resurrecting thought.

Jesus’ disciples at first, hid.  They were afraid of being found out – that they were his disciples. But, when he showed himself to them after the resurrection and after the breakfast meeting on the shore of the Galilean Sea – they believed, and went about healing as they had been taught.  We, too, are disciples privy to the joy of the resurrection.  We, too, can “go and do likewise,” (2) with gladness of heart.

Mary Baker Eddy, the discoverer of Christian Science, says it this way: “Glory be to God, and peace to the struggling hearts! Christ hath rolled away the stone” (3) — the hardness of fear, hate, bigotry, jealousy, envy, and revenge from the door of everlasting Love and Truth, hope and faith.

Christ Jesus, the Great Exemplar, gave the tools we need to lift our thoughts every day to behold more of that divine light which “cannot fade” – the light which saves and blesses all it touches.

What are those tools?

To me:  Love God; love our neighbor as ourselves; practice the Golden rule which is to do unto others as we would have them do unto us; never return evil for evil; sacrifice for others —  in the end, however, we find we haven’t sacrificed anything but been given eternal life as Christ Jesus demonstrated in the resurrection and ultimately the ascension.  The promise is wonderful!  What gladness this brings! (4)

The last stanza of this Easter hymn is equally promising.

“Living meekly as the Master, who of God was glorified,

Looking ever to the radiance of his wondrous Eastertide;

Freed of fear, of pain, and sorrow, giving God the honor due,

Every day will be an Easter filled with benedictions new.” (1)

May your Easter be filled with joy, gratitude, and expectation of everlasting gladness.

 

(1)  Christian Science Hymnal 171:1,3

(2)  Luke 10:37

(3)  Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, page 45:16

(4)  These are paraphrased from the Sermon on the Mount: Matt.5-7

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1 Comment

  1. thank you for that wonderful message of Easter gladness, and for cheerfully spotlighting Jesus’ command to go and “do thou likewise” all that he did during his spotless path of goodness.