“And he will take upon him death, that he may loose the bands of death which bind his people; … ” – Alma 7:12
“Yea, even so he shall be led, crucified, and slain, the flesh becoming subject even unto death, the will of the Son being swallowed up in the will of the Father.” – Mosiah 15:7
(I don’t really think that Christ went to Hell, per se. At least not in the traditional way that we think of Hell. However, we have been blessed with Latter-day revelation that tells how Christ spent the 3 days between his death and resurrection.)
“…I saw the hosts of the dead, both small and great.
They were assembled awaiting the advent of the Son of God into the spirit world, to declare their redemption from the bands of death
While this vast multitude waited and conversed, rejoicing in the hour of their deliverance from the chains of death, the Son of God appeared, declaring liberty to the captives who had been faithful;
And there he preached to them the everlasting gospel, the doctrine of the resurrection and the redemption of mankind from the fall, and from individual sins on conditions of repentance.
But his ministry among those who were dead was limited to the brief time intervening between the crucifixion and his resurrection;” – Doctrine and Covenants 138:11, 16, 18-19, 27
“Behold, they will crucify him; and after he is laid in a sepulchre for the space of three days he shall rise from the dead, with healing in his wings;…” – 2 Nephi 25:13
I have to admit, I love doing these scripture chains. Of course, there are SO many scriptures that could be included here, but I just wanted to pick out a sampling.
Today’s topic is especially interesting. It is sad to think about Christ’s death, but even in His death, He brought so much hope and happiness to the Spirit World. Because of Christ’s death and His resurrection, those who had passed on before were excited and hopeful – as they would soon be able to also receive the gift of resurrection. It is hard to imagine what it would be like to have a Spirit with no Body, but we are told in the Doctrine and Covenants that when our body and spirit are separated, we cannot receive a fullness of joy. (see D&C 93:33-34).
I love the way that Nephi describes The Savior’s resurrection: with healing in His wings. The work of the Savior is done. He has come to earth, lived a perfect life, taken on our sins, died, descended below all things, and He has been resurrected. He lives again. And because of His choice to succumb to the Will of the Father, He has returned, able to heal all of us from spiritual and physical death. This is the good news. This is the gospel.
For the rest of the “If Handel had been a Mormon” scripture chain, please click here.