Matthew 28; Mark 16; Luke 24; John 20–21

June 26, 2023 to July 2, 2023

How can we believe in Jesus’ Resurrection, since we cannot see Him directly? For a start, we can trust in the testimonies of his disciples, who themselves who had a hard time at first. In time, our own experiences with the Holy Spirit will be our testimony.

“The Doctrine of the Resurrection As Taught in the Book of Mormon,” Robert J. Matthews, BYU Studies, Vol. 30, no. 3
The Book of Mormon adds an enormous amount to our understanding of the realities, purposes, and processes of the Resurrection. It is one of the greatest gifts of God to all mankind. And as Alma teaches his son Corianton, God’s mercy consists in giving people time to repent in preparation for the day of final judgement and resurrection.

“Jesus Christ: Resurrection of Jesus Christ,” Tad R. Callister, Encyclopedia of Mormonism
Members of the Church believe that Christ’s resurrection was literal and physical. “His resurrected body was not subject to pain, disease, or death. It could pass through walls; it could defy the earthly laws of gravity; but it was a tangible ‘glorious body’ (Phil. 3:21) composed of flesh and bones.” The Bible and Book of Mormon contain numerous accounts of people who saw and conversed with Jesus after his death, including the Nephites, who “did see with their eyes and did feel with their hands, and did know of a surety…that it was he” (3 Ne. 11:15).

The Last Meeting in Jerusalem (Luke 24:36–49) S. Kent Brown, The Testimony of Luke
The disciples are joyous but almost disbelieving as they interact with the Resurrected Jesus. It takes time for them to accept this miracle. “This is not story that they make up to salve their mourning or to make Jesus’ life turn out as he predicrs. They are as suprised as anyone else. Thus, their witness is firm; it is to be trusted.”