04 April 2010

The Third Day

As we celebrate the resurrection of our Savior Jesus Christ this Easter, here is a lovely video called "He Lives" to remind us of the miracle that happened on this, the third day.

This week is often called the Holy Week by Christians.  It is the week that we remember the last week of the Savior's life.  It starts with Palm Sunday, when Christ fulfilled the prophecy of entering Jerusalem on a donkey with people laying down palms and clothing for Him to ride across. 

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On Thursday, Christ shared His last supper with His apostles as they celebrated Passover. He gave them council and showed them how to remember His sacrifice every week through the sacrament.  He then went to the Garden of Gethsemane and gave the great  intercessory prayer where He paid the price of the sin of all mankind, where he became our Savior.  The only perfect human being to ever roam the earth was then betrayed by one of his closest friends and torchered. 

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Friday they hung Christ on the cross at Calvary and He gave up His life freely to complete His mission.  Hi friends and family buried Him in the tomb of Joseph of Arimathaea and rolled a large stone in front of it so it would not be disturbed.

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All of the misery and brutality that happened in those last few days of Christ's life lies in stark contrast to Sunday when Mary Magdalene found an empty tomb and the risen Savior.  He broke the oppressive chains of sin and the bands of death. 

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Through the atonement all men and women may repent and become clean and pure so that they may once again live in the presence of our Heavenly Father.  Through the resurrection everyone may also take back their mortal bodies and life forever. No hurt suffered in this life has to remain with us in the next.  All our pains, sufferings, and sins will be healed.  Not even the sing of death is permanent through Jesus Christ.

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Let us remember the glorious day when Christ rose from the dead this Easter Sunday. 

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