Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Blessings of the Resurrection: Not All Believe

This week as we lead into Easter Sunday, and celebrate the Resurrection of our Savior, I will be having a guest writer on my blog, my 79 year old Dad. This actually comes from a talk he gave in Sacrament Meeting several years ago. It was so well done and so perfect for this week, that with his permission, I will be sharing excerpts from his talk all week long.
Thanks Dad.

"The Resurrection  remains the greatest miracle in human history.  It is universal. It means that we will all be resurrected.  It means that everyone that ever lived on the earth that who now fill the cemeteries of the world and all those who will yet live will be resurrected.
The resurrection is the central subject of our religion.  The very pillar of our faith.  The thought of being resurrected motivates us to do better and provides hope for our future.
Not all believe in the resurrection or the reuniting of the spirit body with a body of flesh and bones never again to be divided.
The resurrection in not a fairy tale.  The scriptures are full of proof.  The resurrected Lord was seen by many people during that times as the Gospels describe.

He ate fish and honey
•He said He had flesh and bones
•Numerous people touched him

Luke 24:36-39, 45-46

  •  "Jesus ... saith unto them, Peace be unto you."
  • "But they were terrified and affrighted, and supposed that they had seen a spirit."
  • "And he said unto them, Why are ye troubled? and why do thoughts arise in your hearts?Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have ."
  • "And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day:"

The Savior gave the Apostles a second witness.  Thomas, one of the Twelve, had not been with them when Jesus Came. He insisted that he would not believe unless he could see and feel for himself.  John records:


  • "And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you. 
  •  Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing.
  • And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God.
  • Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed."

He appeared to Mary Magdalene at the tomb
He appeared to large and small groups-and seen by 500 brethren at once
The Book of Mormon testifies how the risen Lord invited the multitude to come forth and touch him-to feel the nail prints in his hands and feet and thrust their hands into His side.
During His personal ministry, as recorded in 3rd Nephi,
 "He took their little children, one by one, and blessed them."
This even was witnessed by 2500 men, women, and children.

Christ was the first to be resurrected on this earth.  Others dad been brought back from death, but were restored to mortality.

Resurrection means to become immortal, without blood, yet with a body of flesh and bone.

All mankind will be resurrected, but not all will be raised to the same glory in the resurrection.  Nor will all be resurrected at the same time.  Christ was first.  The righteous will come forth before the wicked and the unrepentant sinners will come forth in the last resurrection."