BOM Easter Lesson – The Resurrection of Jesus Christ

The Book of Mormon is another scriptural witness of the resurrection of Jesus Christ

The Book of Mormon, just like The Bible, is a scriptural witness of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. “. . . the testimony of two nations is a witness unto you that I am God, that I remember one nation like unto another? Wherefore, I speak the same words unto one nation like unto another. And when the two nations shall run together the testimony of the two nations shall run together also” (2 Nephi 29:8).

Jesus Christ’s Atonement

Because of his great love for us Jesus Christ died a horrible death (Luke 23:33; 2 Nephi 10:3). Jesus Christ volunteered in pre-mortality to be our Savior (Abraham 3:27-28, Moses 4:1-2). Jesus knew he had to die for Heavenly Father’s plan to work for us.

Jesus’s Atonement started in the Garden of Gethsemane, where Jesus Suffered for all the sins of mankind (Luke 22:44, D&C 19:18, Mosiah 3:7). After much suffering, the atonement ended with his death (Matthew 27:35-50, Mark 15:37, Mosiah 14:12).

Jesus Preached In The Spirit World

After Jesus died, and before he was resurrected, Jesus “went and preached unto the spirits in [spirit] prison” (1 Peter 3:18–19; D&C 138:11–12, 18 – many people call this place “Hell”).

“. . . the spirits of those who are righteous are received into a state of happiness, which is called paradise, a state of rest, a state of peace, where they shall rest from all their troubles and from all care, and sorrow” (Alma 40:12 – many people call this place “Heaven”).

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Jesus Was Resurrected

On the third day after he died, Jesus Christ “rose again” (1 Corinthians 15:4; Mosiah 3:10). Resurrection is when “the spirit and the body [are] reunited again in its perfect form” (Alma 11:43; 40:18). Resurrection is when the spirit reunites with the body and will never leave the body again.

When we are born, the spirit and the body are temporarily joined together, and the spirit gives the body life. When we die, the spirit separates from the body leaving it lifeless, but the spirit is still alive. At the time of the Resurrection, the body and spirit will be reunited. Everyone who lives on the earth will be resurrected after death. Jesus Christ was the only one who could make resurrection possible for us (Mosiah 15:19-20, Alma 40).

People in Jerusalem knew Jesus Christ was resurrected because “. . . he was seen [by many]” (1 Corinthians 15:5–8). The Nephites, who lived in America, know Jesus Christ was resurrected, because “they saw [Jesus] descending out of heaven; and he was clothed in a white robe; and he came down and stood in the midst of them” (3 Nephi 11:8–10). Jesus wanted the Nephites to touch the prints of the nails in his hands and feet that they “may know that [he is] the God of the whole earth, and [had] been slain for the sins of the world” (3 Nephi 11:14–15).

We All Benefit from Jesus’s Atonement

Because of Jesus, we will all be resurrected (1 Corinthians 15:20–22; Alma 40:4). Any disabilities or infirmities we might have will be for this earth life only. We will be made whole and perfect in the Resurrection (Alma 40:23).

Since most of us have not seen the resurrected Jesus Christ as the Apostles and the Nephites did, we can gain knowledge of the Resurrection from the scriptures and the Holy Ghost. “And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost” (Moroni 10:4–5).