[S. Kent Brown in Andrew C. Skinner and Gaye Strathearn, eds., Third Nephi: An Incomparable Scripture. Salt Lake City: Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship, 2012, 381].
I want to say
something about text. . . . Jesus
himself is the text because he bears in his body the proof of the atonement.
And his body, of course, is the first thing he allows people access to—to
touch the scars in his hands and his feet and his side. But when one thinks
about ancient texts, one thinks about texts that are inscribed on stone, clay
tablets, metal, wood, eventually papyri, which is a softer, more perishable
material. Each one of those kinds of surfaces can be destroyed, but the
resurrected, glorified body of Jesus cannot. And it bears, as it were, witness
of itself, and it carries, in its own way, the text of his suffering and death
and resurrection. In a concrete way, the immediate and eternal text is the
Risen Jesus, bearing in his body marks that will never go away.
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