Truth: Dying to Live
Good Morning. I would like to thank yall for being here and for having me speak to yall this morning. It is a pleasure to see all you all and you beautiful faces and Easter outfits this morning. I am truly blessed… Author J.K Rowling, writer of the hugely successful Harry Potter book series in in a quote about death stated that “to the well-organized mind, death is but the next GREAT adventure.” What a optimistic way to see something that most people see so grim? Whether Rowling was consciously aware of it, or subconsciously inspired by Spirit, she was speaking a fundamental principal found in New Thought, and in many religious traditions, and that is the concept of life after death. Or somehow living after dying. Would you believe me if I took her statement further and say that THE BEST LIVING COMES AFTER DYING! (Spoken with emphasis). Some of you may be wondering, and rightly so, is he talking about heaven? To an extent, but not in the way you may be perceiving heaven. I am not referring to some celestial place in the sky, where the streets are paved with gold, and everybody’s a millionaire. While that would be nice and perhaps quite pleasant, those of you who have studied New Thought for some time know that we do NOT subscribe to the doctrine of a physical heaven our hell. We subscribe to the thought found in Mark 1:15 and this is from the International Standard Version of the Bible, “The time is NOW! The kingdom of God is near” or Luke 17:21, “people won’t be saying look! Here it is or there is, because the Kingdom of God is among you. When know that when we refer to the kingdom of God or the kingdom of heaven we are referring to Christ Consciousness or the realm of divine ideas, producing their expression, perfect harmony, and as stated in the scriptural text, this exist RIGHT HERE within man. For us heaven IS A STATE, BUT A STATE OF CONSCIOUNESS.
However, this is precisely the journey that I am referring to. It is a matter of fact and NOT interpretation that we truly begin to live, and live fully when were arrive at that STATE OF CONCIOUSNESS, the state of CHRIST CONCIOUSNESS. However, in order to arrive there, we must die. WE MUST DIE TO EXPERINCE LIVING. I know many of you are here today, and are wondering what the MESS is Reverend Lawrence talking about? What this have to do with today? I know I know I am getting there, were taking the long way. The scenic route. The Pew Foundation for Research, an independent and well-known organization that does studies for general knowledge found that per Google Trends data “more people search the term church around the Easter holiday. This shouldn’t be surprising, because I can recall, and I am sure many of you all can, it seemed that everyone attended church for Easter Sunday, people who hadn’t been to church for months. Even today, and I am so thankful for it. Any chance I get to worship with those I love is indeed a blessing. Here you are welcomed whenever you want and there is no judgement. It turns out that Easter, is Christianity’s oldest and most important holiday. Asides, from the bunnies, ducklings, and candy, I love the candy, but why are we here? We are here studying Jesus, living after dying. The celebration of Easter, in traditional religion is when Jesus, after being crucified rose from the death three days later, and it is this resurrection we celebrate.
In New Thought teaching we look at this resurrection metaphysically. We look beyond the literally idea of a sacrificial death and the resurrection. According to, The Revealing Word by Unity co-founder Charles Fillmore, the restoring of mind and body to their original, undying state. This is accomplished by the realization that God is Spirit and that God created man with power like that which He Himself possesses. When man realizes this, his mind and body automatically become immortal.” In other words, the resurrection is a return to Source, it is literally dying to our humanness and a return by realization to our God selves or back to our Christ within. Fillmore continues, “The resurrection takes place in us every time we rise to Jesus’ realization of the perpetual indwelling life that is connecting us with the Father. A new flood of life comes to all who open their minds and their bodies to the living word of God.” We are here today, because we know that there is no true living, no better feeling, nothing like living in or as the Christ. Living in Christ is even better than that food most of us will partake in after church. There is NOTHING better. However, notice, in order to get to this place, you got to die. We forget Jesus was dead for 3 days and then her rose. Just as a side note Zoroastrianism, the religion that greatly influenced Christianity, 3 is a huge number. The basic tenant of the faith come in a package of 3, Good Thoughts, Good Words, and Good Deeds. Keep in mind there is something to the number 3. We will address this in a later talk. However, we talk about the destination, but what about the journey, which is death. We are not talking a literal death of your physical body, although we know that we are much more than our actual bodies, but when we say dying to the flesh, we say to give up on our human way of thinking, logic, and reasoning in various circumstance and we totally rely on SPIRIT. OR SOURCE. However, as with the literal crucifixion of Jesus the man, dying to our flesh can be difficult, because sometimes it is easier to respond to a human experience as a human, but we must transcend this. We must chose SPIRIT. IT IS THROUGH THIS DEATH WE TRULY LIVE. THERE IS NO LIFE LIKE A LIFE IN CHRIST. It reminds me of this Norman Cousin quote, Norman Cousin was a professor and philosopher and by many considered a great mind. I’ll end with this. The quote states “Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside us while we live. Metaphysically translated, PHYSICAL DEATH IS NO THE GREATEST LOSS IN LIFE. THE GREATEST LOSS IS WHEN SPIRIT DIES INSIDES US AND IS NEVER REALIZED. Go out today, intentionally die to your flesh and LIVE IN YOUR CHRIST.