HE IS RISEN
This week we focused on the words of Isaiah in Sunday School. He spoke symbolically, but looking through the symbols, we can see some of the blessings the Lord has given us. These are just some of the things for which we say, "He shall be called wonderful."
1. He opens the door to His kingdom. Because He is the one who accomplished the atonement, it is He who stands at the gate.
2. He went and initiated the teaching of the Gospel to those in spirit prison. Because not everyone accepted Jesus in the life, and many did not even hear of Jesus, a way was prepared for all to come to the gospel. Jesus, while his body lay in the tomb, visited these realms, and organized the preaching of the gospel to the dead.
3. The Savior is a strength and a refuge. In Him we find shade from the sun, water in a dry pace, shelter from the storm. Isaiah speaks symbolically to let us know that Jesus provides a refuge from the world.
4. The Savior prepares a feast, and destroys the veil. The Savior feeds us with spiritual knowledge through the temples, and with the scriptures and prophets. He destroys the veil of unbelief.
5. The Savior wipes away our tears. The Savior knows us intimately. He loves us and takes away our sorrows. Because he wallowed up death, death is but a brief parting, and because he atoned for our sins, their is repentance.
6. The Savior brings the resurrection. Because the Savior has conquered death, we all shall be resurrected. This is a gift from Him.
7. The Savior is our sure foundation. If we build upon the rock of the Savior, we shall not fail.
8. The Savior has brought about the restoration of the Gospel. We have the priesthood anew, prophets and apostles, revelation, and we have additional scripture including the Book of Mormon.
9. The Savior knows our trials, and directs our path. When we experience hardship, and we all will have our turn, the Savior leads us and directs us and helps us find peace.