“Easter says you can put truth in a grave, but it won’t stay there.” C. W. Hall said a whole lot in a few words!
Within the framework of the gospel, as we learn more truth, we are able to continue learning more and more. Our puny concepts and ideas are minute in comparison to the Whole of our Father’s knowledge and wisdom. His words and plan are true. There is within us a ‘homing device’ that, should we work enough simply to keep it alive, will continually point us in the direction of more light and truth.
At this beautiful week, as we ponder over the Savior’s life and saving mission, culminating in his victory over mortal death, we have every reason in the world [and beyond it] to rejoice in truth!
Maundy Thursday has been the traditional day for Christians to commemorate the Thursday that Jesus Christ held the last supper with his apostles. A holy day of pondering and praying, we have the chance to focus purely on our Savior and the last few days of his mortal life. On the next day, Friday, he was crucified by unhallowed men. They thought they could put this ‘problem’ away by killing him.
Oh, how little they knew of truth! Come Sunday, Jesus Christ would dispel the notion that truth can be buried in a grave. Arising, establishing his holy dominion over mortal death, He offered us the gift only He could offer.
So when we have our “Fridays” of despair and hurt and burden, we can look to the Master Teach – the Savior of the World – for our own Sundays. Because He lives, we may live as well. This clear insight from Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin encapsulates the grandness of the gift:
“Each of us will have our own Fridays—those days when the universe itself seems shattered and the shards of our world lie littered about us in pieces. We all will experience those broken times when it seems we can never be put together again. We will all have our Fridays.
“But I testify to you in the name of the One who conquered death—Sunday will come. In the darkness of our sorrow, Sunday will come.
“No matter our desperation, no matter our grief, in this life or the next, Sunday will come.” [“Dark Friday, Bright Sunday,” New Era, Mar. 2008, pg.4]
Because He lives, we too shall live. Because He lives, the truth lives on. Because He lives, we may continue our journey of study, understanding, and application of truth. Easter is a time for us to celebrate the Christ, the Eternal Plan, and the true principles that allow us to grow in grace until that time when we may accept Ultimate truth and joy.
Vickey has taught Church youth & family programs for 25 years, and has written books, hundreds of columns, & created hundreds of songs all with the intent of growing goodness and pointing people to Christ. Visit her website at www.goodnessmatters.com