Not Here, for He Is Risen”
Mary Magdalene and other women are witnesses of the resurrected Lord.
Two disciples on the road to Emmaus are witnesses of the resurrected Lord
The Apostles are witnesses to the resurrected Lord.
Some of the Apostles see Jesus again at the Sea of Tiberias (Sea of Galilee).
A study of this lesson will help us feel gratitude for the Savior’s
Resurrection and the blessings it brings us.
Scripture references for study:
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Lesson 27 Handout (PDF
WHAT IS RESURRECTION?
"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.
"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.
"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.
"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." (Alma 11:42-45)
Bruce R. McConkie: "The resurrection is the creation of an immortal
soul; it consists in the uniting or reuniting of body and spirit in immortality.
(Doctrines of Salvation, vol. 2, pp. 258-301.) A resurrected being is one
for whom body and spirit are inseparably connected in a state of incorruption,
a state in which there never again can be decay (corruption) or death (separation
of body and spirit). (1 Cor. 15; Alma 11:37-46; 12:12-18.) Resurrected
beings have bodies of flesh and bones, tangible, corporeal bodies, bodies
that occupy space, digest food, and have power, outwardly, to appear as
mortal bodies do. (Luke 24.)
"Nothing is more absolutely universal than
the resurrection. Every living being will be resurrected. 'As in Adam all
die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.' (1 Cor. 15:22.)" (Mormon
WHAT BLESSINGS ARE OURS BECAUSE OF JESUS' RESURRECTION?
We need not fear death.
The opportunity to become as God. In order to become like him, we must
obtain a glorified immortal body to house our eternal spirit.
All the great blessings of the eternities are opened to us, including eternal family life.
Joseph Smith: "...for if there be no resurrection from the dead, then
Christ has not risen; and if Christ has not risen He was not the Son of
God; and if He was not the Son of God, there is not nor cannot be a Son
of God, if the present book called the Scriptures is true; because the
time has gone by when, according to that book, He was to make His appearance."
Paul: "If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men
most miserable." (1 Corinthians 15:19)
WHAT ARE YOUR FEELINGS REGARDING THE KNOWLEDGE THAT YOU WILL DIE AND BE RESURRECTED?
George Albert Smith: "I am thinking now, as I stand here talking to
you, that more of my dear ones are on the other side than here, and it
will not be long in the natural course of events before I too will receive
my summons to pass on. I am not looking forward to that time with anxiety
and distress, but with hope, and with the assurance that the change, when
it occurs, will be for increasing happiness and for advantages that we
cannot know in mortality." (Sharing the Gospel With Others, pp69-70)
WHY DO YOU THINK IT WAS IMPORTANT THAT THE RESURRECTED LORD APPEAR TO EARTHLY
WITNESSES? SINCE WE ARE REQUIRED TO TAKE MUCH ON COMPLETE FAITH, WHY WAS THIS
WITNESS SO IMPORTANT?
"In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every
word be established." (2 Corinthians 13:1)
There seems to be something empowering about a physical witness of the
The ancient church was launched after the Lord's disciples and others saw
The ancient American church was renewed after the visit of the Lord.
The latter-day church was launched after Joseph Smith beheld the resurrected
Witnesses Of The Resurrected Lord
Joseph of Arimathea, probably a member of the Sanhedrin, went to Pilate
and requested that he be allowed to take the body of Christ, prepare it,
and bury it.
The record says that Joseph did not consent to the death of Christ.
He was assisted by Nicodemus, another member of the Sanhedrin. Both of
these men appeared to by quiet followers of Jesus.
Imagine for a moment the scene amongst the Lord's faithful followers.
The man they had followed and loved was dead. They must have felt as sheep
without their shepherd.
The apostles must have felt ashamed at having abandoned the Lord at this
We have all have felt the darkness of loss and I am sure this was a dark
time as these followers awoke on Sunday morning.
24:1-8. Mary Magdalene and other women learn
of the risen Lord.
Matthew 28:1 indicates that the visitors to the tomb at this time were
Mary Magdalene and Mary.
Luke 24:10 has Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the
mother of James, and other women reporting back to the Apostles.
JOHN 20:1-10. Peter and John learn that the Lord
is no longer in the tomb.
HOW DO YOU SUPPOSE PETER AND JOHN FELT AT THIS POINT?
JOHN 20:11-18. Mary Magdalene sees the risen
HOW DO YOU SUPPOSE MARY FELT AFTER SEEING THE RESURRECTED LORD?
WHY DID THE LORD FORBID MARY TO TOUCH HIM?
James E. Talmage: "One may wonder why Jesus had forbidden Mary Magdalene
to touch Him, and then, so soon after, had permitted other women to hold
Him by the feet as they bowed in reverence. We may assume that Mary's emotional
approach had been prompted more by a feeling of personal yet holy affection
than by an impulse of devotional worship such as the other women evinced.
Though the resurrected Christ manifested the same friendly and intimate
regard as He had shown in the mortal state toward those with whom He had
been closely associated, He was no longer one of them in the literal sense.
There was about Him a divine dignity that forbade close personal familiarity.
To Mary Magdalene Christ had said: 'Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended
to my Father.' If the second clause was spoken in explanation of the first,
we have to infer that no human hand was to be permitted to touch the Lord's
resurrected and immortalized body until after He had presented Himself
to the Father. It appears reasonable and probable that between Mary's impulsive
attempt to touch the Lord, and the action of the other women who held Him
by the feet as they bowed in worshipful reverence, Christ did ascend to
the Father, and that later He returned to earth to continue His ministry
in the resurrected state." (Jesus The Christ, p682)
"And she went and told them that had been with him, as
they mourned and wept. And they, when they had heard that he was alive,
and had been seen of her, believed not." (Mark 16:10-11)
WHY DO YOU SUPPOSE THAT THE APOSTLES HAD DOUBT AFTER THE WITNESS OF MARY
AND THE OTHER WOMEN?
There had never been a resurrection.
They had known the Lord as a mortal and could not believe such a thing
to be possible.
They did not want to be disappointed if it wasn't true.
WHAT EXPERIENCES HAVE STRENGTHENED YOUR TESTIMONY OF THE RESURRECTION?
A prayerful study of his life.
The testimony of others:
Consider a few words from Elder McConkie's 1985 Conference address:
an empty tomb, we will come to know that Christ our Lord has burst the
bands of death and stands forever triumphant over the grave....
"And now, as pertaining to this perfect atonement,
wrought by the shedding of the blood of God, I testify that it took place in
Gethsemane and at Golgotha; and as pertaining to Jesus Christ, I testify that he
is the son of the Living God and was crucified for the sins of the world. He is
our Lord, our God, and our King. This I know of myself, independent of any other
person. I am one of his witnesses, and in a coming day I shall feel the nail
marks in his hands and in his feet and shall wet his feet with my tears. But I
shall not know any better then than I know now that he is God's Almighty Son,
that he is our Savior and Redeemer, and that salvation comes in and through his
atoning blood and in no other way" (CR, Apr 1985).
Those of us that heard this powerful testimony from Elder McConkie were like Cleopas and his companion
who reported, "Did not our heart burn
LUKE 24:13-32. On the road to Emmaus.
WHY DO YOU SUPPOSE CLEOPAS AND HIS COMPANION DID NOT RECOGNIZE THE LORD?
Elder McConkie says that he withheld his identity. "Obviously it was
to show what a resurrected being is like. He was teaching the gospel as
only he could, teaching a living sermon, a sermon that was to be climaxed
shortly in an upper room in the presence of his apostles." (DNTC 1:850)
WHAT IS THIS BURNING THAT THEY FELT?
- The Holy Spirit of Truth.
WHEN HAS YOUR HEART BURNED WITHIN YOU, AS IT DID WITH THESE TWO MEN?
When bearing testimony and hearing testimony.
I had numerous experiences on my mission where the power of the spirit
was almost overwhelming.
LUKE 24:36-43. Jesus appears to
ten of the apostles.
WHAT DOES THIS PASSAGE TEACH US ABOUT THE RESURRECTED LORD?
WHY IS THIS KNOWLEDGE IMPORTANT?
We are commanded to become perfect, even as the Lord is perfect. We shall
live as he lives and have the opportunity to become like him and our
Heavenly Father. Obtaining a resurrected body is part of that process.
JOHN 20:24-29. Doubting Thomas.
James E. Talmage: "The skeptical mind of Thomas was instantly cleansed,
his doubting heart was purified; and a conviction of the glorious truth
flooded his soul. In contrite reverence he bowed before his Savior, the
while exclaiming in worshipful acknowledgment of Christ's Deity: 'My Lord
and my God.' His adoration was accepted, and the Savior said: 'Thomas,
because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have
not seen, and yet have believed'." (Jesus The Christ, p690)
There seems to be no criticism of Thomas in this incident. He did recognize
the miracle of the Lord's resurrection.
WHY DO YOU SUPPOSE THAT PEOPLE WHO BELIEVE WITHOUT SEEING ARE BLESSED?
Spencer W. Kimball: "Faith precedes the miracle. In faith
we plant the seed, and soon we see the miracle of the blossoming. Men have often
misunderstood and have reversed the process. They would have the harvest before
the planting, the reward before the service, the miracle before the faith. Even
the most demanding labor unions would hardly ask the wages before the labor. But
many of us would have the vigor without the observance of the health laws,
prosperity through the opened windows of heaven without the payment of our
tithes. We would have the close communion with our Father without fasting and
praying; we would have rain in due season and peace in the land without
observing the Sabbath and keeping the other commandments of the Lord. We would
pluck the rose before planting the roots; we would harvest the grain before
sowing and cultivating." (Teachings of Spencer W. Kimball, p54)
We cannot truly obtain knowledge without first investing faith. Many have
seen miracles and not been converted. Most certainly, those who have faith
are blessed with the great blessings of the gospel.
WHO ELSE, IN ADDITION TO THOSE MENTIONED THUS FAR, HAVE WITNESSED THE RESURRECTED
500 brethren on the mount near the sea of Galilee (1 Corinthians 15:6).
James, the brother of Jesus (1 Corinthians 15:7 - according to Russell M. Nelson
quoted in the Church News, April 11, 1987, p7).
Saul of Taursus or Paul (Acts 9:4-5).
Stephen saw the Lord on the right hand of God (Acts 7:55).
2500 Nephites (3 Nephi 17:25). They heard his voice and felt the nail marks
in his hands and feet, and thrust their hands into his side. Elder Nelson
says, "I sense that many of them wet his feet with their tears of joyous
adoration" (Church News, April 11, 1987, p7)
Lost tribes of Israel (3 Nephi 17:4).
Prophet Joseph Smith, Sidney Rigdon (D&C 76:23), Oliver Cowdery (D&C
Certainly there must be others in the dispensation. We are aware of Lorenzo
Snow seeing the Savior in the Salt Lake Temple.
The third appearance of the Savior to his apostles.
JOHN 21:15-17. Feed my sheep.
WHY DO YOU THINK THE LORD PERSISTED IN QUESTIONING PETER?
James E. Talmage: "Peter was pained and grieved at this reiteration,
thinking perhaps that the Lord mistrusted him; but as the man had three
times denied, so now was he given opportunity for a triple confession.
To the thrice repeated question, Peter answered: 'Lord, thou knowest all
things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep'."
(Jesus The Christ, pp692-693)
The Lord spoke these words to Peter to emphasize the importance of serving the Lord's people.
HOW CAN WE FEED THE LORD'S SHEEP?
Elder Bernard P. Brockbank: "Can you picture this great scene of that
powerful Peter being asked these simple questions? And the Lord had a way
of knowing how deep the love was within Peter and how to teach him the
way to show his love for Jesus Christ.
"We show and prove our love by feeding
the lambs and the sheep....
"Our task is great. Teachers are needed.
Every member of this Church that has a testimony and is converted is urgently
needed. The lambs and the sheep are hungry for the bread of life, for the
gospel of Jesus Christ. We can show our love by following the prophet of
God, 'by every member being a missionary' to bring one or more souls into
the Church each year. It is great to have a prophet. Have you followed
the prophet?" (CR, Oct 1963)
MARK 16:14-16. Go into all the world.
Our charge is to also share the gospel. How better can we show our love
for the Lord than continuing his work.
Gospel Doctrine Notebook
Almost two thousand years ago, a dark and gloomy Sunday morning was
made bright when knowledge of the resurrected Jesus was revealed. Despair
was changed to hope. Three years of teaching were now infused with power
as knowledge of the resurrected Lord spread amongst his faithful followers.
Knowledge of the resurrection gives us hope. When we are dark and gloomy
we need to reflect on that glorious Sunday morning and give thanks. The atonement and resurrection
give us the opportunity to progress forward through the eternities.
We can have our families with us forever. We can look forward to the blessings
of eternity, if we continue faithful by following the resurrected Lord.
Record your thoughts on the resurrection of Jesus Christ and the events
discussed in this lesson. What difference does this knowledge make in your
Resources Used In This Lesson
Conference Reports (CR).
Doctrinal New Testament Commentary by Bruce R. McConkie (DNTC).
Jesus the Christ by James E. Talmage.
Mormon Doctrine by Bruce R. McConkie.
Sharing The Gospel With Others by George Albert Smith.
Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith selected and arranged by Joseph Fielding
Teachings of Spencer W. Kimball.
Gospel Doctrine Class
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