Posted by: blackfootsmj1 | April 24, 2011

Sunday will come–Finding hope through the Resurrection of Jesus Christ

Today I had the opportunity to speak in church here in St. Augustine. I love speaking in church, but I had no idea what I was going to speak on. Until last night, I stumbled across the talk by Elder Bruce R. McConkie, “The Purifying Power of Gethsemane.” I related the events leading up to the Resurrection. Christ’s suffering in Gethsemane, the betrayal, the trial, the scourging, and finally the cruel crucifixion. Following my remarks, Bishop Marsh gave a moving talk on finding hope through the Resurrection. Much of his comments came from a talk by Elder Joseph B. Worthlin, referred to as Sunday Will Come. I found the talk, and felt the need to share some of it with others.

“During my life I have heard many sermons on the Resurrection. Like you, I can recite the events of that first Easter Sunday. I have marked in my scriptures passages regarding the Resurrection and have close at hand many of the key statements uttered by latter-day prophets on this subject.

We know what the Resurrection is—the reuniting of the spirit and body in its perfect form.

President Joseph F. Smith said ‘that those from whom we have to part here, we will meet again and see as they are. We will meet the same identical being that we associated with here in the flesh.’

President Spencer W. Kimball amplified this when he said, ‘I am sure that if we can imagine ourselves at our very best, physically, mentally, spiritually, that is the way we will come back.’

When we are resurrected, ‘this mortal body is raised to an immortal body. … [We] can die no more.’

Can you imagine that? Life at our prime? Never sick, never in pain, never burdened by the ills that so often beset us in mortality?

The Resurrection is at the core of our beliefs as Christians. Without it, our faith is meaningless. The Apostle Paul said, ‘If Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and [our] faith is also vain.’

In all the history of the world there have been many great and wise souls, many of whom claimed special knowledge of God. But when the Savior rose from the tomb, He did something no one had ever done. He did something no one else could do. He broke the bonds of death, not only for Himself but for all who have ever lived—the just and the unjust.

When Christ rose from the grave, becoming the first fruits of the Resurrection, He made that gift available to all. And with that sublime act, He softened the devastating, consuming sorrow that gnaws at the souls of those who have lost precious loved ones.

I think of how dark that Friday was when Christ was lifted up on the cross.

On that terrible Friday the earth shook and grew dark. Frightful storms lashed at the earth.

Those evil men who sought His life rejoiced. Now that Jesus was no more, surely those who followed Him would disperse. On that day they stood triumphant.

On that day the veil of the temple was rent in twain.

Mary Magdalene and Mary, the mother of Jesus, were both overcome with grief and despair. The superb man they had loved and honored hung lifeless upon the cross.

On that Friday the Apostles were devastated. Jesus, their Savior—the man who had walked on water and raised the dead—was Himself at the mercy of wicked men. They watched helplessly as He was overcome by His enemies.

On that Friday the Savior of mankind was humiliated and bruised, abused and reviled.

It was a Friday filled with devastating, consuming sorrow that gnawed at the souls of those who loved and honored the Son of God.

I think that of all the days since the beginning of this world’s history, that Friday was the darkest.

But the doom of that day did not endure.

The despair did not linger because on Sunday, the resurrected Lord burst the bonds of death. He ascended from the grave and appeared gloriously triumphant as the Savior of all mankind.

And in an instant the eyes that had been filled with ever-flowing tears dried. The lips that had whispered prayers of distress and grief now filled the air with wondrous praise, for Jesus the Christ, the Son of the living God, stood before them as the first fruits of the Resurrection, the proof that death is merely the beginning of a new and wondrous existence.

Each of us will have our own Fridays—those days when the universe itself seems shattered and the shards of our world lie littered about us in pieces. We all will experience those broken times when it seems we can never be put together again. We will all have our Fridays.”

I know each of us experience our Fridays. I’ve had many of my own. Where you feel totally alone, where no one else is there, and it feels as if the light may never shine through. But I share my testimony, along with the testimony of Elder Worthlin:

“…I testify to you in the name of the One who conquered death—Sunday will come. In the darkness of our sorrow, Sunday will come.

No matter our desperation, no matter our grief, Sunday will come. In this life or the next, Sunday will come.”

Some blessings, or our Sunday may come immediately, it may come late, and other times Sunday won’t come until heaven. But for those who embrace the gospel of Jesus Christ, and follow Him, our Sunday will come. It will come. It will come.

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