He Lives!

Mary Magdalene and a few other women arrived at the Savior’s tomb were they found an open sepulchre, and two angels who declared:

“Why seek ye the living among the dead?

“He is not here, but is risen: remember how he spake unto you when he was yet in Galilee,

“Saying, The Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.”

“Come, see the place where the Lord lay.

“And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead.”

Mary looked into the tomb and noticed that the body of Jesus was gone. What would have been your first reaction? I’m sure like many of us, she thought that someone had taken it. She rushed to Peter and John and said to them, “They have taken away the Lord out of the sepulchre, and we know not where they have laid him.” (John 20:2)

Peter and John ran to the sepulchre and saw for themselves that the body of Jesus was gone. Unlike the rest, John seemed to have understood that Christ had Risen because the scriptures say, “he saw, and believed.” The others did not understand this.

Peter and John eventually left, but Mary stayed. The angel returned to her and asked, “Woman, why weepest thou? She saith unto them, Because they have taken away my Lord, and I know not where they have laid him.” (John 20:13) At that moment the resurrected Savior, now standing behind her, spoke, “Woman, why weepest thou? whom seekest thou? She, supposing him to be the gardener, saith unto him, Sir, if thou have borne him hence, tell me where thou hast laid him, and I will take him away.”

James E. Talmage wrote: “It was Jesus to whom she spake, her beloved Lord, though she knew it not. One word from His living lips changed her agonized grief into ecstatic joy. ‘Jesus saith unto her, Mary.’ The voice, the tone, the tender accent she had heard and loved in the earlier days lifted her from the despairing depths into which she had sunk. She turned, and saw the Lord. In a transport of joy she reached out her arms to embrace Him, uttering only the endearing and worshipful word, ‘Rabboni,’ meaning My beloved Master.” (James E. Talmage, Jesus the Christ, 3rd ed. (1916), 681)

Mary became the first mortal to see and speak to the resurrected Christ. Later that day the Savior appeared to Peter in or near Jerusalem; to two disciples on the road to Emmaus; and in the evening to 10 of the Apostles and others, appearing suddenly in their midst, saying, “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.” Then to further convince them “while they yet believed not for joy, and wondered,” He ate broiled fish and honeycomb before them. Later He instructed them, “Ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.”

To those who read the Book of Mormon, they also learn that Jesus appeared to those in the western hemisphere. It is said that at least 2,500 people saw him and touched him, and he taught them.

“And when they had all gone forth and had witnessed for themselves, they did cry out with one accord, saying:

“Hosanna! Blessed be the name of the Most High God! And they did fall down at the feet of Jesus, and did worship him.” – 3 Nephi 11:16–17

The resurrection of the Savior proved to all that saw him that everything he had taught them was true. He truly is the Messiah, the Son of God. It is my testimony that this is true. That Jesus is the Christ, that he truly did Rise again and now lives. There is no doubts in my mind, heart, and soul regarding this. This knowledge, this fact has changed my life and has blessed me as I kept his commandments. It is my prayer and life mission to help those around me know this truth as well.

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