I really enjoyed the different chapters that we read in this week’s assignments. I feel like some of the best stories of all time are included in just a few chapters at the end of the Gospels. These are the stories of Christ’s resurrection, and his final commission to his Apostles to go and teach His word. Both of these two things together have changed the history, and future, of mankind.
It is hard to ignore the miracle of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. 3 days after the death of Jesus Christ, His spirit returned to His body and they were reunited in perfection. I know this is one of the greatest truths of all time. It is because of Christ’s divine power over death that He was able to accomplish this. It is also because of this act that we can all have a hope for the future. I know that one day I will be resurrected and that I will have the opportunity to be with my family forever. This is the greatest hope of mankind, to live an eternal life, in the presence of God with our friends and family forever. It is through Christ that all of these things are made possible. In St. Matthew 28:18 the risen Lord declares, “All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.” This simple phrase is His affirmation to us that He has been given the power necessary to bind what is of Heaven and what is of Earth together forever. This is the greatest message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
The next piece is also of great importance for the children of God. In St. Matthew 28:19 the Savior says, “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.” This is the final commandment that the Lord gave to his Apostles, and He extends this command to all who believe on His name. It is not enough to be content with our own salvation, but it is important that we share the message of salvation with all the world. Jesus Christ not only died for my sins, but for all others as well. His love stretches over all the earth, and He wants us all to share the message of His resurrection with our brothers and sisters so that they too can share in the joy of the Gospel.
I know that Jesus Christ was resurrected. I know that He loves me, and for anyone reading this message, I know that He loves you also. It has been a privilege to learn more about Him and spend my lifetime getting to know Him. I promise that if you search the scriptures and pray with faith that you can know these things too. Do not discount the words of Christ, keep them and you will know. In the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.