Christ the Lord Is Risen Today

Resurrection of Christ by Carl Bloch (1875)

A very heartfelt happy Easter to everyone!

So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.
O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?
The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law.
But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord. (1 Cor. 15:54–58)

I think it is only fitting to quote the testimony of the Prophet Joseph Smith concerning the risen Lord.
  • And now, after the many testimonies which have been given of him, this is the testimony, last of all, which we give of him: That he lives! For we saw him, even on the right hand of God; and we heard the voice bearing record that he is the Only Begotten of the Father—That by him, and through him, and of him, the worlds are and were created, and the inhabitants thereof are begotten sons and daughters unto God. (D&C 76:22–24)  
  • The fundamental principles of our religion are the testimony of the Apostles and Prophets, concerning Jesus Christ, that He died, was buried, and rose again the third day, and ascended into heaven; and all other things which pertain to our religion are only appendages to it. 
  • Christ Himself has assuredly risen from the dead; and if He has risen from the dead, He will, by His power, bring all men to stand before Him: for if He has risen from the dead the bands of the temporal death are broken that the grave has no victory. If then, the grave has no victory, those who keep the sayings of Jesus and obey His teachings have not only a promise of a resurrection from the dead, but an assurance of being admitted into His glorious kingdom; for, He Himself says, ‘Where I am there also shall my servant be’ [John 12:26].  
  • God has revealed His Son from the heavens and the doctrine of the resurrection also; and we have a knowledge that those we bury here God will bring up again, clothed upon and quickened by the Spirit of the great God; and what mattereth it whether we lay them down, or we lay down with them, when we can keep them no longer? Let these truths sink down in our hearts, that we may even here begin to enjoy that which shall be in full hereafter.

Since it was originally an Easter oratorio, here’s the famous and incomparable Hallelujah chorus from Handel’s Messiah. The text comes from Revelation 11:15; 19: 6, 16.

And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth. 

And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.  

And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.

And finally, here is the concluding chorus and Amen from Messiah. The text comes from Revelation 5:12–13.

Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing. And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever. (Revelation 5:12–13)

1 thought on “Christ the Lord Is Risen Today

  1. Beautiful! Thank you.

    I read a blog, critical of Mormons, about how Mormons deny the cross, how conference is more important than Easter, and other lies. So I did some research and found that there are others, not LDS, that believe as the LDS believe about the Atonement……..that Christ took on the sins of the world in Gethsemane and finished on the cross. Also these others also understood the symbolism of Gethsemane and the significance of Christ's prayer.

    I also found that some non LDS believe Christ went to Sheol to preach the Gospel, before He ascended to Heaven, just as the LDS religion has taught.

    This shows just how much Scriptural truth mainstream Christianity has lost.

    What I have discovered is that more of Christianity is now teaching things they never taught before, but the LDS religion has taught since the restoration.

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