Unity and Easter

In Unity we often say that Jesus is the great example, not the great exception.  That means that all that Jesus did, you can can do; or, as he says in John 14 that you will do greater things than these.  So how does that relate to the Easter experience? There is an archetypal human pattern that is articulated in the events of what is called "Holy Week" or "Passion Week."  It begins with Palm Sunday and what is called Jesus' "triumphal" entry into Jerusalem.  The week starts on an up note, with, apparently, lots of fanfare and optimism.  The Bible records that on the next day, he went to the Temple and caused a ruckus (engaged in social action), which was one reason why he had gone to Jerusalem in the first place (another being to observe Passover).  At the Passover dinner, things started to go downhill with his betrayal and arrest, followed by a sham trial, followed by his crucifixion.  What started as a great week, ended in his untimely, unfair and violent death. But on Sunday, everything changed.  Jesus was resurrected - though theologians, scholars and lay persons are not in agreement as to what sort of resurrection it was.  Was it his "spiritual" body that was resurrected?  Was it his physical body?  Was it both?  Was it something else altogether?  Its doubtful that there will ever be agreement. The archetypal pattern is this:  Everything seems to be going well, then we start to get some sense that all is not as it seems, followed by some combination of betrayal, abandonment, loss (i.e. crucifixion), followed by rebirth.  Some common forms of "crucifixion" experienced by people today include a diagnosis of disease, divorce, natural disasters, death of a loved one, war, acts of violence, financial collapse. What the Jesus example reminds us, is that we are never separated from God.  God is found within us as the indwelling Christ, and all around us as well.  We teach that the nature of God is altogether good, so that when we "surrender our lives and will to the care and keeping of God as we understand Him" (from step 3 of AA), as Jesus did, that we will be reborn, we will be returned to sanity, we will be OK. In the Passion Week narrative, Jesus was never separated from God, and although he surrendered his physical body, he emerged from the experience as the embodiment of Christ consciousness.  In our struggles, we may go through some semblance of these steps, but neither will we ever be separated from God, although, the process we are in might mirror the anguish Jesus went through. The story re-affirms for us that even though we "walk through the valley of the shadow of death," we are never alone.  The Easter story is ultimately our story. Peace be with you and namaste,   Rev. Russ