Jesus’ Power Over Death

Jesus performed many miracles during His mortal ministery. To me, none is greater than His demonstration of His power to raise the dead. He raised several from the dead, He was resurrected, and many of the dead were raised after His resurrection. Although, He never attributed this power to Himself. He always gave the glory to His father, who is our Father in heaven.

I have never seen this happen, but I have seen when I have shared the gospel of Jesus Christ with someone who was on their death bed, and after sharing His word, she rose up from her bed, which she had laid on for a long time. This happened when I was in Michigan. I had a friend, and she had been taking care of an elderly woman who had been in bed for a very long time. I was told that this woman was ready to die. My friend took me to this woman’s home. I ministered unto her. I do not remember what exactly I said or what I did. All I remember is that after I left, my friend told me that this woman got out of bed and ate with her husband, which she had not done in months! I know that the power which was given to this woman to get out of bed came from God.

In the New Testament, in the Book of Acts, both Peter and Paul were given power to raise the dead. In the Old Testament, this power was given to the prophets, Elijah and Elisha. This power has not given to anyone in the Book of Mormon, in the Doctrine and Covenants, nor in the Pearl of Great Price. Why? Has no one in these books of scripture had the faith required to perform these miraculous acts, or is it not part of Heavenly Father’s plan. I do not know the answer to these questions, but I do know that great faith is required.

Although, miraculous events are described in the Book of Mormon, when people fall asleep as if they are dead after they hear the words of the gospel (Alma 19). They later rise. These events are not recorded in the Bible, nor in the Doctrine and Covenants, nor in the Pearl of Great Price. Why aren’t they? I do not know. Were these records removed over the centuries? Was it not part of Heavenly Father’s plan?
All I do know is that, during these events, those who appeared to be dead were gaining great faith.

I pray that I can have greater faith, so that I can remember to constantly attribute all the power that I have to my Savior, Jesus Christ, and His atonement. I sometimes become prideful, impatient, and greedy, which is part of my natural condition. I know that by attributing all the power that I have to my Savior, I can be a more effective instrument in the hand of the Lord. I can attribute this power by performing more good works, by not being so lazy, by being more gentle kind loving and thankful, and by following the Spirit more and more in my life.

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