Sunday, April 11, 2010
April: The Atonement of Jesus Christ
In February's posts, we discussed our earth life,
and how we are subject to physical death and spiritual death. We learned that without the Atonement of Jesus Christ, we would never be able to overcome the effects of physical and spiritual death. Jesus Christ makes it possible for us to overcome sin and death and be able to return to live in our Heavenly Father's presence.
At the beginning of our discussion of the plan of salvation, we learned that Jesus Christ is central to Heavenly Father's plan. Heavenly Father knew that we would be subject to physical and spiritual death - physical death, because of our mortal bodies and spiritual death, because he knew we would make mistakes along our pathway in life. Jesus Christ was chosen before the foundation of the world to be our Savior and Redeemer. Apart from organizing his church, his central mission was to teach us by example how Heavenly Father wants us to live, and to lay down his life for us in order to help us overcome physical and spiritual death. This act of love, in which he willingly suffered and died for our sins, is called the Atonement.
The Atonement helps us overcome physical death, in that after three days after he was crucified, Jesus Christ arose from the tomb. Because he was the literal only-begotten Son of our Heavenly Father, he had the power to overcome physical death and become resurrected. Because of the Atonement of Jesus Christ, we will all have the opportunity to become resurrected one day (see 1 Corinthians 15:20 - 22 ).
The Atonement helps us to overcome spiritual death, in that Jesus Christ took upon himself all of our sins, pains, sicknesses and afflictions upon himself when he prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane (see Luke 22:39 - 44 and Alma 7:9 - 12 ). Because of the Atonement of Jesus Christ, we have the opportunity to repent of our wrong doings and start afresh.Through the Atonement, "all that is unfair about life can be made right" (Preach My Gospel, pp. 52). When we follow Jesus Christ, keep his commandments and repent when we do something wrong, the effects of the Atonement will help us overcome spiritual death.
Last week we had Easter, the time of the year where we have the opportunity to reflect upon the atonement, and what his sacrifice means to us. I bear you my testimony that without the precious gift of the atonement, all of us would have been lost. It is through Jesus Christ that I have the opportunity to repent of my mistakes and start again. I am grateful that our Savior loved us so much and that he was obedient enough to go ahead with what he had to go through. I know that through the atonement of Jesus Christ, we can return to live with our Heavenly Father again. And I leave this with you all in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.