Sunday, July 10, 2011

New Testament Lesson 27: He Is Not Here, for He Is Risen

by: Mhe-anne L. Ojeda
Denver Colorado Temple

Scripture Block: Matthew 28; Luke 24; John 20, 21
Based on a Sunday School Lesson given at Aspen, Colorado Branch

Jesus was crucified, his body was wrapped in clean linen cloths and placed in a tomb belonging to Joseph of Arimathea, one of Jesus’ disciples (Matthew 27:57–60; Luke 23:50–53; John 19:38–42). This was done quickly because the Sabbath was about to begin. The morning after the Sabbath, Mary Magdalene and other women returned to the tomb with spices and ointments to more thoroughly anoint and embalm Jesus’ body.

As Mary Magdalene and other women arrived at Jesus’ tomb, they find the tomb empty. Angels announce that Jesus has been resurrected. Peter and John come to see the empty tomb. The risen Lord appears to the women, to the two disciples on the road to Emmaus, to his Apostles in two instances and commands Peter, “Feed my sheep.”

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President Howard W. Hunter said that the words “He is not here, but is risen” (Luke 24:6) “contain all the hope, assurance, and belief necessary to sustain us in our challenging and sometimes grief-filled lives (in Conference Report, Apr. 1986, 18; or Ensign, May 1986, 15–16).

We too can rejoice in the knowledge that Christ was resurrected and so all of us can also be resurrected.

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