Easter Services – 3
At the conclusion of the sermon, the pastor again came forward, and added the following: –
My friends, I wished to be excused from speaking to-day, but will yield to circumstances. In the flesh, we are as a partition wall between the old and the new; between the old religion in which we have been educated, and the new, living, impersonal Christ-thought that has been given to the world to-day.
The old churches are saying, “He is not here;” and, “Who shall roll away the stone?”
The stone has been rolled away by human suffering. The first rightful desire in the hour of loss, when believing we have lost sight of Truth, is to know where He is laid. This appeal resolves itself into these questions: – Is our consciousness in matter or in God? Have we any other consciousness than that of good? If we have, He is saying to us to-day, “Adam, where art thou?” We are wrong if our consciousness is in sin, sickness, and death. This is the old consciousness. (Eddy, Mary Baker, Miscellaneous Writings, p.178:25-12)