Death & Immortality
Today we celebrate the greatest miracle & gift the world has ever known. The miracle we celebrate is our Saviors triumphant victory over death. The gift we celebrate is immortality.
Two popular questions throughout the world are: what happens to us when we die and how can we live forever? I recently found out that my friend is scared to die. This sparked an interest in evaluating my own views on death. Jesus speaks about going to the spirit world when addressing the thief on the cross next to him, the one that knew him as Lord; Christ said “today shalt thou be with me in paradise”.
After three days in the spirit world Jesus's body goes missing from the tomb. ...view middle of the document...
An example of this is after his resurrection Jesus approached two of his followers to ask them why they were sad. Not knowing it was Jesus they said, "Jesus of Nazareth, which was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people. The chief priests and our rulers delivered him to be condemned to death, and have crucified him. But we trusted that it had been he which should have redeemed Israel: and beside all this, today is the third day since these things were done" (Luke 24:19-21).
These two statements from the scriptures show that the people who walked and talked with Jesus Christ did not understand his appointed task to break the bands of death and move the Plan of Salvation forward by being the first to receive a body of celestial glory. In my teenage years I thought like those in Jesus’ time. I did not understand why there was so much suffering and hardship in the world. Why didn’t he save those who love him from trials and pain? Overtime I gained a greater understanding of the Plan of Salvation. I could later accept that part of our purpose on this earth is to gain experience; be tested & tried; and prepare to receive celestial bodies. This is also known as the refiners fire. In 3Nephi 24:2 But who may aabide the day of his coming, and who shall stand when he appeareth? For he is like a brefiner’s fire.
The refiners fire is a process to strengthen and purify. This process will bring about perfection. “The Lord appeared to Abram and said unto him, I am the Almighty God: walk before me and be thou perfect” Gen. 17:1. God’s command to be perfect is extended...