Sunday, April 12, 2009

Easter: The Atonement of Jesus Christ

A friend of mine made this video that illustrates the Easter story very well (Thanks to Mike Batie):

Amid the candy and colored eggs and cute little bunny rabbits, let's try to remember why it is that we have Easter--and try to keep thinking it all throughout the year. I know that personally I find myself getting caught up in the business of life, and often forget the real reason we are here. Remember WHY it is that we can be happy--only Christ and His atonement could allow us to experience true happiness, to live now and to live again with Him.

"At this Easter season of hope and renewal we testify of the glorious reality of the atonement and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. The empty tomb brought comforting assurance and provided the answer to the question of Job, “If a man die, shall he live again?” (Job 14:14).

Because of the Savior’s resurrection we will overcome death and become the beneficiaries of His mercy and grace. In a world of trouble and uncertainty, His peace fills our hearts and eases our minds. Jesus is in very deed “the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6).

We give our sure witness that Jesus is the Christ. Though He was crucified, He rose triumphant from the tomb to our everlasting blessing and benefit. To each member of the human family He stands as our Advocate, our Savior, and our Friend." --First Presidency Easter Message

We have life because of Him. We have happiness because of Him. We have hope because of Him.

Doctrine and Covenants 6:36-37 "Look unto me in every though; doubt not, fear not. Behold the wounds which pierced my side, and also the prints of the nails in my hands and feet; be faithful, keep my commandments, and ye shall inherit the kingdom of heaven. Amen."

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