The Immortal Messiah
I have a new book available from Cedar Fort Publishing: The Immortal Messiah: The Physiology of Resurrected Beings.
by Trent Dee Stephens, PhD, for the Come Follow Me lesson September 5-11; Isaiah 1–12
Nephi said, "Yea, and my soul delighteth in the words of Isaiah..." (2 Nephi 25:5)
The section in the September 2022 issue of the Liahona entitled, “Great Are the Words of Isaiah”
(3 Nephi 23:1) states that there are "120+ prophecies of the coming Messiah in Isaiah’s writings."
Isiah 6:8 says, "Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me." And, "Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel." (Isiah 7:14) And then he says, "For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mightyg God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace." (Isaiah 9:6) Sing out wild choruses!
When Jesus appeared to His disciples in the closed room that first Easter night, after He said to them, "Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have." (Luke 24:39) He said, "Have ye here any meat? And they gave him a piece of a broiled fish, and of an honeycomb. And he took it, and did eat before them." (Luke 24:41-43)
Verse 24 speaks volumes about the resurrected Savior. He sat down and ate before His disciples, showing them that He could eat. At the time of the Savior's resurrection, no one understood the process of digestion. Not for another eighteen hundred years and more would people understand digestion - but now we do. I spent twenty five years co-authoring Anatomy and Physiology textbooks in which I taught about digestion. I have now written one volume about the implications of the resurrected Lord being able to eat and what that information might imply about our own resurrected bodies.
Next year our Come Follow Me lessons will be about the New Testament and our Savior's earthly ministry. I will continue my blogs about science in the scriptures, but I will not get to Luke 24 until over a year from now. My new book, The Immortal Messiah: The Physiology of Resurrected Beings, will address those subjects that I will not cover in my blog for over a year. The purpose of this book is to strengthen our testimonies of the reality of our Savior's earth life and His literal resurrection.
Trent Dee Stephens, PhD