Day 97 | He Is Risen
January 1, 2015 - WEEK FOURTEEN
William Brassey Hole, Jesus Appears to Mary Magdalene, [Public domain], Image from collection of Toni Thomas
CONSIDER AS YOU READ
- When we yearn to “see” do we remember that some who saw the resurrected Savior doubted?
- What is the significance to you that the first to arrive at the tomb was one out of whom Christ had cast seven devils?
- Is Christ’s first message to us still “Peace be unto you”?
After the Savior was crucified and His body had lain in the tomb for three days, the spirit again entered. The stone was rolled away, and the resurrected Redeemer walked forth, clothed with an immortal body of flesh and bones.
The answer to Job’s question, “If a man die, shall he live again?” came when Mary and others approached the tomb and saw two men in shining garments who spoke to them: “Why seek ye the living among the dead? He is not here, but is risen” (Luke 24:5–6).
As the result of Christ’s victory over the grave, we shall all be resurrected…. Where did we come from? Why are we here? Where do we go after this life? No longer need these universal questions remain unanswered. From the very depths of my soul and in all humility, I testify that those things of which I have spoken are true.
Our Heavenly Father rejoices for those who keep His commandments. He is concerned also for the lost child, the tardy teenager, the wayward youth, the delinquent parent. Tenderly the Master speaks to these and indeed to all: “Come back. Come up. Come in. Come home. Come unto me.”
In one week we will celebrate Easter. Our thoughts will turn to the Savior’s life, His death, and His Resurrection. As His special witness, I testify to you that He lives and that He awaits our triumphant return (Thomas S. Monson, “The Race of Life,” Ensign, May 2012, 93)..
FOR YOUNGER DISCIPLES
QUESTIONS FOR YOUNGER DISCIPLES
- What finally made Mary recognize Jesus? If you met him, would he say your name?
- Why do you think Jesus asked the apostles for food?