Heraised a Man from the Dead

Bryan Richards

The raising of this individual from the dead was not an afterthought on the part of the Lord. Rather, it is a blessing given according to their desires. Previously, the Savior said, I perceive that ye desire that I should show unto you what I have done unto your brethren at Jerusalem (3 Nephi 17:8). Therefore, the Lord blessed their sick and afflicted as he had done among the Jews. Later the Lord gave them bread and wine symbolizing the miracle of the loaves and fishes (3 Nephi 20:7). Finally, he would demonstrate his power over death as he had with Lazarus, Jairus's daughter, and the widow's son (Jn 11:14-46, Matt 9:18-26, Lu 7:11-17). This demonstration of power over death was important both as a witness and a blessing to the Nephites. Hereby, his ministry of the second day was complete, for after he had shown forth his power unto them, he ascended unto the Father.