We ask the question, “Does the sacrament, and the scriptures describing its great importance, tie to the glorious resurrection of our Lord and Savior?”
All who know the scriptures know how important the sacrament is for turning our hearts to what Christ has done for us, is doing for us, and will do for us. Similarly, all who know the scriptures know that the resurrection is the best-documented miracle in the history of the earth, and it is the capstone to the seven steps of the infinite atonement wherein Jesus brought to perfection Heavenly Father’s Plan of Happiness.
The Gospel of John
Last Sunday, as part of our home sacrament meeting worship service, we pursued that question. We read chapters 6 and 7 and 17 in the gospel of John.
As Jesus prayed as recorded in John 17, that prayer was fulfilled in part with the people here in America as he visited them after His resurrection and introduced the sacrament to them. He also shared the Sermon on the Mount with also similar words, but with some significant differences (3 Nephi 12, 13, 14) as he did with the Hebrews in the Holy Land (Matt. 5-7). They internalized his teachings and the sacred promises he gave with the sacrament and they became a pure-in-heart (Zion) people. The description of how they were filled with His light in answer to His prayer in John 17 is beautifully shared in Chapter 19 of Third Nephi.
Continue reading The Sacrament and the Resurrection
The Glorious Resurrection of our Lord
Most don’t realize that the Lord’s glorious resurrection is the capstone to His infinite atonement, and when it occurred 2000 years ago the early saints were beyond rejoicing as they witnessed the risen Lord. For Christ to go from infinite suffering to infinite glory in those three days changed their lives and the world forever. The early Christians could not contain their joy knowing, “He is risen!” – as proclaimed in their lives, as they lived and shared this most astounding message of hope. Because of the paramount importance of the infinite atonement, I believe Easter should be our most important celebration and with great rejoicing.
The gospel is not only the “good news;” it is the BEST NEWS, because everyone will be resurrected, and if we live the gospel we have the hope of a fullness of joy in the life to come. Handel’s oratorio “Messiah” has touched millions of lives with this message: “HALLELUJAH!…For now is Christ risen from the dead… Since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive… Death is swallowed up in victory… Worthy is the Lamb.”
The growth of the early Christian Church – known as “The Way” (John 14:6) – was spectacular with this testimony of the risen Lord deep in their hearts and in spite of terrible persecutions. Mary Magdalene, who first saw the risen Lord, brought hundreds into the fold of God. Most modern Christians have lost the valiancy of the early saints, who saw the risen Lord or personally knew those who had seen Him.
Continue reading Most Important Celebration – Easter
Most Christians look to Christ to be forgiven of their sins and that believing on Him is the door way to salvation. And do not the scriptures teach us this? Satan will do anything he can to take us away from understanding the infinite atonement. However, the searching soul will ask, “Have false traditions crept in so that we miss the full power and beauty of the infinite atonement of our Lord and Savior?” This blog article and following ones will better help us appreciate the infinite atonement.
The Capstone of His Infinite Atonement
Most Christians look to the cross and to His suffering for forgiveness of sins. We often hear the phrase, “We are thankful for His atoning sacrifice.” When studied, we find that His glorious resurrection is the capstone step of His infinite atonement, and when it occurred 2000 years ago the early saints saw it as such. For Christ to go from infinite suffering to infinite glory in those three days changed the world forever, and the early Christians could not contain their joy knowing, “He is risen!” – as proclaimed in the scriptures and so profoundly in Handel’s oratorio “Messiah.”
We find there are seven fantastic accomplishments in His infinite atonement, and seven sub-steps to each of these. Seven is the number of perfection or completion in the Lord’s arithmetic. And the scriptures outline all 49 of these steps.
Continue reading Resurrection – Capstone of the Atonement
Is there a more important event in the history of the Earth than the resurrection of our Lord and Savior?
In speaking of the atonement of Jesus Christ, we often hear:
- In prayers
- In testimonies
- In General Conference
“I am grateful for the atoning sacrifice of our Savior,” or “We are grateful for Thy atoning sacrifice.” Often, His glorious resurrection is not mentioned or included in our gratitude for His infinite atonement. Most Christians look to His suffering on the cross to pay for their sins, as they believe in Him.
What Does the New Testament Teach Us?
Continue reading Gratitude For The Resurrection of Our Savior