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Jeffrey R. Holland, Sunday Morning April 2015

April 5, 2015

So today we celebrate the gift of victory over every fall we’ve ever experienced, every fall we’ve ever known, every discouragement we’ve ever had, every fear we’ve ever faced, to say nothing of resurrection from death and forgiveness for our sins. That victory is available to us because of events that transpired on a weekend precisely like this more than two millennia ago in Jerusalem. Beginning in the spiritual anguish of the Garden of Gethsemane, moving to the crucifixion on a cross at Calvary, and concluding on a beautiful Sunday morning inside a donated tomb, a sinless, pure, and holy man; the very son of God himself; did what no other deceased person had ever done nor ever could do. Under his own power he rose from death never to have his body separated from his spirit again. Of his own volition he shed the burial linen with which he had been bound, carefully putting the burial napkin that had been placed over his face in a place by itself, the scripture says. That first Easter sequence of atonement and resurrection constitutes the most consequential moment, the most generous gift, the most excruciating pain, and the most majestic manifestation of pure love ever to be demonstrated in the history of this world.

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