42 Now, there is a death which is called a temporal death; and the death of Christ shall loose the bands of this temporal death, that all shall be raised from this temporal death.
43 The spirit and the body shall be reunited again in its perfect form; both limb and joint shall be restored to its proper frame, even as we now are at this time; and we shall be brought to stand before God, knowing even as we know now, and have a bright recollection of all our guilt.
44 Now, this restoration shall come to all, both old and young, both bond and free, both male and female, both the wicked and the righteous; and even there shall not so much as a hair of their heads be lost; but every thing shall be restored to its perfect frame, as it is now, or in the body, and shall be brought and be arraigned before the bar of Christ the Son, and God the Father, and the Holy Spirit, which is one Eternal God, to be judged according to their works, whether they be good or whether they be evil.
45 Now, behold, I have spoken unto you concerning the death of the mortal body, and also concerning the resurrection of the mortal body. I say unto you that this mortal body is raised to an immortal body, that is from death, even from the first death unto life, that they can die no more; their spirits uniting with their bodies, never to be divided; thus the whole becoming spiritual and immortal, that they can no more see corruption.
We will all be resurrected. Jesus Christ overcame death for all people. Note how many principles about the resurrection we learn from these verses:
- Everyone who dies will be resurrected.
- The resurrection means the reuniting of your spirit and your body.
- Our bodies will be in perfect condition. Nothing will be missing, not even a single hair.
- Our bodies will be immortal after the resurrection. In other words, our spirits and our bodies will be united permanently, so that they can never be separated again.
- Our bodies will no longer be subject to “corruption”–illness or injury.
- After being resurrected, we will stand in the presence of God to be judged. We will be fully aware of what we have done, both good and evil.
I have attended a number of funerals and have mourned for friends and family who have died. It is comforting to know that death is not the end, that the grave has no permanent victory, and that through God’s grace we will all live again in perfect, immortal bodies. I’m grateful that our Heavenly Father’s plan provides for the immortality of his children and that His Son was willing to pay the full price for that blessing. It is amazing to me that He would make this incomparable gift available to every one of us.
Today, I will thank my Heavenly Father for the gift of resurrection.