8 And it came to pass, as they understood they cast their eyes up again towards heaven; and behold, they saw a Man descending out of heaven; and he was clothed in a white robe; and he came down and stood in the midst of them; and the eyes of the whole multitude were turned upon him, and they durst not open their mouths, even one to another, and wist not what it meant, for they thought it was an angel that had appeared unto them.
9 And it came to pass that he stretched forth his hand and spake unto the people, saying:
10 Behold, I am Jesus Christ, whom the prophets testified shall come into the world.
11 And behold, I am the light and the life of the world; and I have drunk out of that bitter cup which the Father hath given me, and have glorified the Father in taking upon me the sins of the world, in the which I have suffered the will of the Father in all things from the beginning.
12 And it came to pass that when Jesus had spoken these words the whole multitude fell to the earth; for they remembered that it had been prophesied among them that Christ should show himself unto them after his ascension into heaven.
13 And it came to pass that the Lord spake unto them saying:
14 Arise and come forth unto me, that ye may thrust your hands into my side, and also that ye may feel the prints of the nails in my hands and in my feet, that ye may know that I am the God of Israel, and the God of the whole earth, and have been slain for the sins of the world.
15 And it came to pass that the multitude went forth, and thrust their hands into his side, and did feel the prints of the nails in his hands and in his feet; and this they did do, going forth one by one until they had all gone forth, and did see with their eyes and did feel with their hands, and did know of a surety and did bear record, that it was he, of whom it was written by the prophets, that should come.
16 And when they had all gone forth and had witnessed for themselves, they did cry out with one accord, saying:
17 Hosanna! Blessed be the name of the Most High God! And they did fall down at the feet of Jesus, and did worship him.
I love reading these scriptures. I mean, let us put them into context, shall we? These people had literally been through hell on earth. Just read the chapters before this one. They had to deal with a degrading society – assisted chaos on the streets and in the government. People doing whatever they pleased in order to get what they wanted – much in the way that today’s world is heading. Then came the earthquakes, fires, and floods. Many cities were destroyed, and many people died, but these people lived through it. Then three days of darkness, where they couldn’t have any light whatsoever. After that, they started trying to make due with whatever was left to them after all those horrors. This is when Christ appeared to them.
Can you imagine their joy? They had been through so much, and when Christ introduced themselves, I can only imagine the dramatic shift of feelings that took place! The coming of the Savior may be preceded by hard times, but I know that they joy when we finally get to meet Him – either here or in the hereafter – will make all the pains and trials we experience here worth it. When we can finally look on Him and feel His love for us, all the pains will be washed away and we will be at peace, if we have tried to live His teachings. We have that to look forward to, no matter what we may be experiencing now. Live worthy so that you can look forward to that day in anticipation, rather than fear.