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Roll Away Your Stone

Roll away your stone, I’ll roll away mine
Together we can see what we will find
Don’t leave me alone at this time
For I am afraid of what I will discover inside
‘Cause you told me that I would find a hole
Within the fragile substance of my soul
And I have filled this void with things unreal
And all the while my character it steals
Darkness is a harsh term don’t you think?
And yet it dominates the things I see
– Mumford and Sons

For most Christians, Easter celebrates the bodily resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth. Charles Fillmore, co-founder of Unity, said there is more to it than that. He said it is the awakening and raising to spiritual consciousness the I AM in man, which is dead while man focuses on the material world.

In Keep a True Lent he says, “The resurrection is the raising up of the whole man — spirit, soul, and body – into the Christ consciousness of life and wholeness. This Jesus did. The tomb could not hold his redeemed, perfected body temple. Resurrection is accomplished by the quickening power of the Holy Spirit.”

It seems that the first step to this resurrection is moving the stone from the entrance to the tomb. In the graphic I chose for advertising our Easter service at Unity North Houston, I noticed that the light is on the inside of the tomb. This implies that Jesus, the “light of the world” is still within.

At the Passover Seder known as the Last Supper (John 8:12) it is written, “Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.'” According to the writer of the Gospel, Jesus’ remarks in say that we follow him through our love for each other and the world. So we have this inner light that can guide us. We have an inner power. So why in the heck are we sitting around in a tomb?

If we look at that big stone, we may sense that it’s immovable. The first question we need to ask ourselves according to Reverend Kelly Isola is “What is this stone made of?” What’s keeping you stuck in the material world? Long-time Unity folks may rely on some predictable responses such as, “error thought” or “what no longer serves us?”

We need to get real with ourselves without getting down on ourselves. It’s taken me a long time to begin to move that stone (whatever it is made of) and experience freedom. It requires a constant effort to stay free. Let’s celebrate the risen Christ in all of us this Sunday.

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