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Risen Lord

For Christians, the empty tomb is the preeminent sign of God's victory over evil. Christ's resurrection offers us hope: that tragedy is never the end of the story; that the forces in this world which wreak violence, fear, and despair will not prevail; that everything which prevents God's creatures from filling the measure of their creation and knowing joy can be overcome. To say that Christ rose from death is to say that he has power over all things (D&C 20:23-24; Eph. 1:19-23). This in turn means that by Christ's power we can accomplish all things.

Because he rose from death, Christ is still with us (D&C 61:36; 68:6). The scriptures describe the risen Lord both advocating for us in heaven (Mosiah 15:8-9) and working among us here on earth (Mark 16:20). Whenever two or three gather in his name, Christ is in their midst (D&C 6:32; Matt. 18:19-20). When we affirm that Christ lives, we testify that we have felt his continuing presence in our lives: strengthening, comforting, guiding, and transforming us.

Christ's resurrection is the type of the new life we experience through spiritual rebirth and discipleship (Mosiah 27:22-26). Baptism by immersion is not only a symbol of Christ's death and resurrection; in a mystical sense, baptism makes us participants in Christ's death and resurrection (Rom. 6:3-8). Because we have received his Spirit, Christ lives in us, both individually and collectively as the church, which is Christ's body.

 I Know That My Redeemer Lives  (Hymns 136)
 Abide with Me!  (Hymns 166)

Robert L. Millet: Sometimes we tend to focus so much upon the fact that Jesus Christ died for us that we do not attend to an equally important facet of his redemptive enterprise—the fact that he also came to live in us.
"The Only Sure Foundation: Building on the Rock of Our Redeemer," Helaman through 3 Nephi 8: According to Thy Word (Provo : BYU Religious Studies Center, 1992), 22

Chieko N. Okazaki: Paul explained to the Romans that Christ submitted Himself to death but, "being raised from the dead[,] dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him" (Rom. 6:9). Jesus Christ, our Savior, has always been the master of life, but through His atoning sacrifice, He also became the master over death. . . .

Think what this means! Because of our Savior’s victory, we too can be victorious. In the face of this good news, this triumphant shout from the battlefield of ultimate victory, then we can see why our everyday sacrifices, our ordinary hope, is so tough, so versatile, so difficult to turn into meaninglessness and despair. . . .

I testify that the forces of life are always stronger than the forces of death. If we choose, if we even desire to choose, if we even hope for the desire to choose, we set in motion powerful forces for life that are led by Jesus Christ himself. . . .

[C]hoose life even though the forces of death seem strong! Choose hope even though despair seems close! Choose to grow even though circumstances oppress you! Choose to learn even though you must struggle against your own ignorance and that of others! Choose to love, even though ours are days of violence and vengeance. Choose to forgive, to pray, to bless another’s life with simple kindness.

"Raised in Hope," Ensign, November 1996, 89-90

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