Every year on Easter morning, millions of people throughout the Christian world proclaim the words, “He is risen, Hallelujah, He is Risen.” If everyone would realize that “He is risen in me, which enables me to see that which is risen in every person in the world,” we would see a manifestation of “peace on earth, good will toward men.” If He is risen, then He has demonstrated the divine of you and the divine of every person in the world.
Dwelling on that first Easter in the right spirit, looking toward the dawn, and “looking up” to the Spirit indwelling, we can see beyond appearances – the stones of human limitations are rolled away. We no longer see the barriers of prejudice or class distinction; we are no longer hampered by the iron curtains between nations or minds. We may see from the divinity in ourselves; and we can see that same divinity in other people – all people.
Did Jesus actually rise bodily from the dead? It is unthinkable, unscientific, impossible!
Maybe the problem is in trying to understand the phenomenon in the framework of human experience. Spiritual things must be spiritually discerned. Man lives in a human body and in a physical world. The Easter mystery must lie in another dimension. How can we be expected to understand when most of us are still struggling to understand life in a three-dimensional world?
Easter is not a passport to another world, it is a quality of perception for this one. It is not just a day when we recall how Jesus rose from the dead. It is a time to take a new look at ourselves and contemplate the Divinity in us, the depths of our own innate God-potential. It is a time to reappraise the principle that makes all overcoming possible.
Let us view this Easter “happening” against the backdrop of Jesus’ teaching of the Divinity of Man. Remember, Jesus taught that life is for living, not dying; that life is lived from within out, and that there is great depth to the life within you.
The kingdom that Jesus talks about is all about us and within us. When we are “born again,” nothing really happens to us in a three-dimensional sense. Everything is really the same, but we see it differently, we see a new spiritual dimension. Perhaps there is no true understanding of ourselves or of life in general until this awakening takes place.
The wonderful part of life is that there is meaning on every level, and there are points of growth and fulfillment on every level. And the Bible is all things to all people. It has a message for you, no matter on what level of consciousness or spiritual evolution you may be. That is the amazing thing about Scripture.
So, Easter morning was a commencement day for Jesus. He had made the “Great Demonstration.” He had proved himself by journeying into the beyond and return.
It is beyond comparison, but we can find a parallel on a lower level of experience in the first space flight which sent John Glenn into orbit on the theory that it was feasible to bring him back. The return of that space capsule was a great moment in science. However, much more was accomplished than the act of bringingJohn Glenn safely back to earth. That was done, and millions cheered and uttered prayers of thanksgiving for his safety. But the important thing was that this demonstrated a new application of universal law by which space research could go forward.
Thus, when Jesus returned “from the dead,” He had demonstrated more than the overcoming in His own life. He did that. He rose again. And this was and is good reason for rejoicing for those who love Him. But the most important factor, and one that has been almost universally overlooked, is that He verified His teaching of the Divinity of Man.
Through the resurrection, Jesus proved conclusively that the life of God is indestructible, changeless and eternal – and not just for Himself, but for you and me.
Easter deals not only with the passing into death and return, but with the power to go beyond the end of things to a new opportunity and a new vision for overcoming. Through the resurrection principle man can overcome death. We may not understand it or even believe it, but some scientists today are hinting at such a possibility.
This is the keynote of the Great Demonstration of Easter: You are divine. No matter what you have thought of yourself, no matter what you have done in your life or with it, no matter how limited your experience has seemed to be – you are divine.
This excerpt is from Eric Butterworth’s, Discover the Power Within You. The late and immeasurably great Eric Butterworth was a Unity minister in New York, and his teachings remain in print in various texts, all of which are indescribably beneficial to any spiritual aspirant.
Oprah profiled this text recently and said it changed her life. When I first read it over twenty years ago, I felt the same way. Until reading this book, I was a bit hazy on the subject of Jesus and the Bible…they both seemed unreachable. This book completely changed that.
There are lots of meaningful services around the Klamath Basin. Zion Lutheran Church will have a beautiful sunrise service beginning at 6:30 a.m. on Easter Sunday. Sunrise services are completely worth waking up early for. Our local Herald and News has all the listings for services and egg hunts on Sunday.
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