In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre. And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it. His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow: And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men. And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. He is not here: for he is arisen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead; and, behold, he oeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him: lo, I have told you. And they departed quickly from the sepulchre with fear and great joy; and did run to bring his disciples word. And as they went to tell his disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, All hail. And they came and held him by the feet, and worshipped him. Then said Jesus unto them, Be not afraid: go tell my brethren that they go into Galilee, and there shall they see me.Matthew 28 1-10
Because he lives, we too will live…
This week I have been reminded that Jesus Christ has experienced pain and suffering, that I am not alone in any trials I face. And as I come to the end of this last Easter Week post I am lifted by the light that comes from knowing he lives.
In the Eastern Orthodox church, believers share a “Paschal greeting” My son who lived in Greece for 2 years commented that even random passers by in the street, would exchange the greeting!
One says “Christ is Risen!” to which the responder replies “Truly He is Risen”
“Χριστὸς ἀνέστη! – Ἀληθῶς ἀνέστη! (Khristós anésti! – Alithós anésti!)”
“Хрїсто́съ воскре́се! – Вои́стинꙋ воскре́се! (Xristósŭ voskrése! – Voístinu voskrése!)”
Or from the Latin.
“Christ is risen” to which the response is “He is risen indeed. Alleluia!”
Early in the morning, Mary Magdalene, a friend and follower of Jesus, comes to the tomb to care for Jesus Christ’s body. To her astonishment, she finds the tomb empty. But she is not alone. A man addresses her — a gardener, she supposes. But then He says her name: “Mary.” And she sees. He is Jesus. The Christ lives. The knowledge is too wonderful to contain. Her faith propels her into a joyous sprint as she runs to tell the others. It’s a testimony that still propels people today. You can know just as she did that Jesus Christ lives, and because of Him, all will live again. If we follow Christ, we can find true happiness on earth and eternal life in the presence of Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father in the world to come.Easter Day-By-Day #BecauseOfHim
This is not the end of the story…
The resurrection of Jesus Christ was not the end of His story. The bible shares several encounters that the Disciples had with their Master for the next 40 days. He met with them, taught them in many places such as the road to Emmaus (Luke 24:13-32) and by the shore as they fished (Elder Holland) He then left, but has not been absent. Of the Other sheep he mentioned in John10:16, He went to visit the inhabitants of the ancient Americas who had waited for him. And Since then he has returned to Restore His Church as He had established it. And today He stands waiting to take a place in your life.
As you have worked your way through my Easter Week posts, I hope though that my faith in Jesus Christ has come across and perhaps yours has been strengthened for reading. The last video for this series of posts is the 2022 LDS Youth Theme.
“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct thy paths.”Proverbs 3:5-6 (2022 Youth Theme)
“He is risen” was the angelic message of the first Easter. With feelings of worship and gratitude, we declare our witness that Jesus Christ is indeed risen.
God the Father has given us the divine birth, the incomparable life, and the infinite atoning sacrifice of His Beloved Son, Jesus Christ.
By the power of the Father, Jesus rose again and claimed the victory over death. He is our resurrected Savior, our Exemplar, and our Redeemer. He is the light, the life, and the hope of the world. His way is the path that leads to happiness in this life and eternal life in the world to come.
May the glorious significance of Easter attract all to follow Jesus Christ and to love one another as He taught in word and deed.President Russell M. Nelson : President Dallin H. Oaks : President Henry B. Eyring
If you would like to delve a little deeper into Easter and the Atonement of Jesus Christ, my good friend James D. Holt (Associate Professor of Religious Education) shared these thoughts, enjoy!
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