LDS thought of the day, 3/22/2005

This week, most of the Christian world celebrates the events that took place in the last week of the Savior's life. Yet as we think about everything from the triumphs to the terrible sufferings, we need to remember that it was all done for us. For the thought this morning, I would like to share part of a talk from Elder Hammond of the Seventy regarding the true message we should seek at this time of year.

"As we contemplate the events leading to the death of Jesus Christ, we tend to grieve for the awful sufferings which He experienced at the hands of wicked men—the terrible rending by the lash, the dreadful nails placed in His hands and feet, the prolonged agony of the cross, and finally His tender heart breaking for the sins of all men.

"But stop! He is not dead! His is risen! He is the first fruit of the resurrection. Without Him, life for all men would end at death. All would be consigned to the grave forever. But because of Him, our Savior, even Jesus Christ, the Son of the living God, we, every one of us, will live again — freed from the everlasting chains of death.

"To all who have lost a loved one to the hand of death, I say have hope. For if we are faithful to the end, they will not be lost to us except for a moment. And then, oh the sweetness of that joyous reunion, for the tender mercy of the Lord will bring them forth triumphant from the grave.

"And so, my wonderful young people everywhere, as we celebrate Easter, will you remember the story of Jesus coming out of the grave a perfect, glorified being? Will you remember that He made it possible for all of us to someday be resurrected and to come back and live with Him in the celestial kingdom of God throughout all eternity? Then if you will remember, you will understand His love for all of us, and your love for Him will grow deeper and deeper forever."