Today is Easter Sunday, when Christians all over the world celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ, His triumph over death.
“I am he who liveth,” said the Savior when He appeared to Joseph Smith and Sidney Rigdon in the Kirtland Temple on April 3, 1836 (Doctrine and Covenants 110:4). The Come Follow Me lesson manual provides the following explanation of this declaration:
What does it mean to say that Jesus Christ is “he who liveth”? It doesn’t just mean that He rose from the tomb on the third day and appeared to His Galilean disciples. It means that He lives today. He speaks through prophets today. He leads His Church today. He heals wounded souls and broken hearts today.(Come Follow Me: March 29–April 4, Easter: “I Am He Who Liveth, I Am He Who Was Slain”)
Here are some promises the Savior has made to us which indicate not only that He is still living but that He is willing to be actively involved in our lives:
- “I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you” (John 14:18).
- “Where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them” (Matthew 18:20).
- “Mine eyes are upon you. I am in your midst and ye cannot see me” (Doctrine and Covenants 38:7).
- “I will go before your face. I will be on your right hand and on your left, and my Spirit shall be in your hearts, and mine angels round about you, to bear you up” (Doctrine and Covenants 84:88).
- “Mine arm of mercy is extended towards you, and whosoever will come, him will I receive; and blessed are those who come unto me” (3 Nephi 9:14).
- “In me shall all mankind have life, and that eternally, even they who shall believe on my name; and they shall become my sons and my daughters” (Ether 3:14).
Today, I will be grateful for a Savior who not only conquered death but who is willing to help us to truly live. I will rely on His promise to be with me. I will turn to Him, knowing that He will turn to me.