The Miracle of Easter

I usually don’t post stuff like this.  However, today is an important day for many people in the world.  Today is one of the greatest days for anyone who calls themselves a Christian because they hear the line “He is not here: for he is risen.”  (Matt 28:6)  These words right here have given hope to anyone who has or will call themselves a Christian.  It is the day that Christ broke the bands of death, and made it possible for all of us to be resurrected.  He has made it possible for us to return to the presence of God, however, why is it that this is so important for Christians?

For thousands of years in the Old Testament, it had been told by prophets that Christ would come and redeem the world from sin.  The Isrealities practiced the Law of Moses because it was a shadow of what Christ would do.  In the Book of Mormon, a prophet named Abinadi teaches us that

“Therefore there was a law given them, yea, a law of performances and of ordinances, a law which they were to observe strictly from day to day, to keep them in remembrance of God and their duty towards him.  But behold, I say unto you, that all these things were types of things to come.  Mosiah 13:30-31

However, since the law was a temporal law, it would eventually have to come to an end.  Amulek in the Book of Alma teaches us that

“Therefore, it is expedient that there should be a great and last sacrifice, and then shall there be, or it is expedient there should be, a stop in shedding of blood; then shall the law of Moses be fulfilled; yea, it shall be all fulfilled, every jot and tittle, and none shall have passed away.  And behold, this is the whole meaning of the law, every whit pointing to that great and last sacrifice; and that great and last sacrifice will be the Son of God, yea, infinite and eternal.  Alma 34:13-14

 Christ became that last sacrifice for all mankind.  It is because of him that we are able to completely come over death and the grave.

“O death, where is they sting?  O grave, where is thy victory?  1 Corinthians 15:55

What did Paul mean when he told the Corinthians that death had not sting, or that the grave didn’t have victory?  The Book of Mormon teaches us what Paul was talking about when Abinadi says that 

“And if Christ had not risen from the dead, or have broken the bands of death that the grave should have no victory, and that death should have not sting, there could have been no resurrection.  But there is a resurrection therefore the grave hath no victory, and the sting of death is swallowed up in Christ.  Mosiah 16:7-8

Today is the greatest day for mankind.  Today is the day that answers the question that Job had of old “If a man die, shall he live again?”  (Job 14:14)  As we go about celebrating Easter, let us all remember that there is more to this day.  Today is the day that the stone has rolled, and Christ himself has had victory over the grave.  With Christ victory, we also shall have victory over the grave.

Here is a video on Christ Resurrection   

http://jesuschrist.lds.org/SonOfGod/eng/special-witnesses/video/president-gordon-b-hinckley-1910-2008-garden-tomb.html