We are conquered, we are free

April 16, 2006 | one comment

On Friday (Good Friday). I drove slowly to work.

I was going north on highway 47. Coming south on both sides were hundreds of walkers. Some were young, some were old. Many were Indians from the pueblo. They were headed to Tome Hill, a local landmark that’s topped with crosses.

Their pilgrimage moved me. It gave me a taste of the day when “every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus is the Christ.”

Today we celebrate Christ’s victory over sin, and over death. We sing, ‘death is conquered, man is free.’ I think it appropriate to celebrate every victory of his today. Over death, over sin, and, ultimately, over the pride of each unbent knee and the unbelief of each unconfessing tongue. I slay him in my heart but on the third day he comes again.

Each victory comes at a price. When Christ shall have perfected his work, he shall present it unto the Father, spotless, saying, I have overcome and have trodden the wine-press alone.

One Response to We are conquered, we are free

  1. lori f on April 17, 2006 at 8:50 am

    I enjoyed your post very much. I´d like to add some Easter thoughts to yours.

    I spent Easter Sunday in Copiapo, a small mining town 10 hours north of Santiago, Chile. Stray dogs wandered the streets, we saw very few people around, and we tramped for some time on tired feet until we found the chapel we were looking for. In contrast to televised views of extremely ornate cathedrals we had seen the night before, the chapel was small, very simple (blessedly clean!), completely unadorned. As we sat on the plastic chairs and considered the carpet pattern (identical to that in our new building Northwest of Boston), I wondered if anyone was even going to mention that it was Easter, and remembered hearing some converts express sadness that leaving the religions of their youth meant considerably toning down any observance of Easter. I wasn´t longing for large floral displays, and I certainly didn´t want incense, but I did wonder how this Easter was going to unfold.

    In the end, I need not have worried. After a good lesson on the passover given by a wonderful storyteller, followed by a simple and sweet lesson on the atonement and the blessings that follow from the first principles and ordinances of the gospel, I was replete. Having to concentrate to understand everything in Spanish was part of it, I´m sure. I came away from the meetings profoundly grateful for Jesus Christ, his role in the plan of salvation, and his continuing watchcare over us. No amount of gold ornamentation can substitute for simple gospel truth. I´m thankful to my teachers yesterday, for sharing strong testimonies, and bringing the spirit into our Easter Sunday.


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