Tag Archives: Eternal Life

Easter is Almost Here!

Easter is just around the corner.  It is such a wonderful time of the year!

Spring is coming, grass is greening, flowers are blooming, baby chicks and bunnies are everywhere – especially at the stores.  🙂

All these are a reminder of the greatest event that ever happened.  The atonement of Jesus Christ – His suffering in the Garden of Gethsemane and on the cross at Calvary, His death, and His subsequent resurrection – affects every person.

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.  For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.”  John 3:16-17.

Jesus Christ has given everyone, everywhere, the free gift of resurrection, thus doing away with the sting of death.

“But there is a resurrection, therefore the grave hath no victory, and the sting of death is swallowed up in Christ.”  Mosiah 16:8.

That is the glory of Easter and spring – coming back from death.  And even better, through repentance we can be forgiven for our sins because Jesus Christ paid the price for them.  He has provided a way for us to return to live forever with God, our Eternal Father, and His Son,  Jesus Christ!

Easter, Celebrating Christ’s Atonement and Resurrection

What does Easter mean to me?  It is a time to remember the atonement, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ because these great gifts make possible the greatest gifts mankind has to gain!

“We believe that through the Atonement of Christ, all mankind may be saved, by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the Gospel.

“We believe that the first principles and ordinances of the Gospel are: first, Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ; second, Repentance; third, Baptism by immersion for the remission of sins; fourth, Laying on of hands for the gift of the Holy Ghost.”  Pearl of Great Price, Article of Faith 3 and 4.

Jesus Christ, the Son of God, came to earth to show us the right way to live and to prepare the way for us to return to live with Him and with our Heavenly Father.  His great example has helped me live a better life every day of my life.  When problems arise, or I am unsure what to do in a situation, the stories and the teachings of Jesus help guide me to make the right choices.

As a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints I have learned the way that Christ prepared so that I and my family may follow in His footsteps, live the principles and accept the ordinances that Jesus instituted for those who desire to know the truth and return to live with Him one day.

Because Jesus was resurrected, everyone will be resurrected – body and spirit reunited once again never to be separated again!  This is a free gift that He provided for all.

In the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus Christ paid for the sins of all mankind.  This is difficult to fathom, for our minds are so finite and small.  Yet, He accomplished this great price:

“For behold, I, God, have suffered these things for all, that they might not suffer if they would repent;

“But if they would not repent they must suffer even as I;

“Which suffering caused myself, even God, the greatest of all, to tremble because of pain, and to bleed at every pore, and to suffer both body and spirit—and would that I might not drink the bitter cup, and shrink—”  Doctrine and Covenants 19:16-18.

This great gift is available to everyone, but it is a conditional gift.  To receive it, we must repent of our sins and strive to live a good and righteous life, following the example of Jesus.  We build our faith in Jesus, which allows us to learn more about how He lived and try to make the same types of choices in our own lives.

The reward for that is not only to be resurrected, but also to live with God forever and ever!

What greater joy could there be?

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  • 25 Days of Christ – Day 5

    Before birth we lived with Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ.  We had spiritual bodies, and at birth we received physical bodies.  At death our spirit separates from the physical body and goes to the spirit world where we continue to learn and grow while we await the resurrection, when our spirits reunite with our physical bodies (but perfect bodies then) never to be separated again!  Everyone will receive that free gift because of Christ’s resurrection.

    But what happens after that?

    Christ provided a way for us to be able to live forever with our Father in Heaven.  This gift however, is not free.  It must be earned.

    When Jesus suffered in Gethsemane, He suffered for everyone’s sins, so that we all have the opportunity to be forgiven of our sins.  The price for forgiveness is repentance, recognizing when we do something wrong, being sorry for it, confessing to the person we wronged and to God, making restitution as well as we are able for what we did, and resolving never to do that again.

    When we repent, the Atonement of Christ makes us clean, and we are able to enter God’s presence again and live with Him forever!

    25 Days of Christ – Day 1

    It’s December 1st, and Christmas is 25 days away.  As I thought about that coming in to work this morning, inspiration hit:  Blog the 25 days of Christ!

    I love it.  Afterall, Christ is what Christmas is all about.

    Let’s start with who Christ is.

    Jesus Christ is the Son of God.  John 3:16 explains, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

    This scripture tells us a lot!

    • God loves everyone.
    • Because God loves us, He gave us His Son.
    • Christ is God’s only begotten Son.
    • Those who believe in Christ will not be lost forever.
    • Through Christ we can have everlasting life.

    God, or our Heavenly Father, has given us the greatest gift that could be given.  Christ is the gift we celebrate at Christmas!