Wednesday, April 27, 2011

The Atonement of Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ did many great things while he was on the earth. He healed many, and blessed the lives of everyone. He taught the people, and was a shining example of what we should be. But the greatest thing he did for us was when he performed the Atonement. It started in the Garden of Gethsemane when our Savior prayed and took our sins upon him. It continued as he suffered and died on the Cross on Calvary. It was finished when Christ rose from the dead to "loose the bands of death which bind his people..." (Alma 7:12)

As mentioned before, we are all bound by Spiritual and Physical Death. When Christ took upon himself our sins, he made it possible to be clean again if we will repent! Because of this we can be brought into our Heavenly Father's presence if we do what He asks of us.

With Christ's death and resurrection, he gave all men the gift to receive their bodies again! In Alma 11: 42-43 it says, "Now, there is a death which is called a temporal death; and the death of Christ shall loose the bands of this temporal death, that all shall be raised from this temporal death. The spirit and the body shall be reunited again in its perfect form... Now, this restoration shall come to all, both old and young, both bond and free, both male and female, both the wicked and the righteous;" When Christ comes again we will again have the body that we came to earth for!

"... for we know that it is by grace that we are saved, after all we can do" (2 Nephi 25: 23). We still have to follow Christ's example, and be obedient to his comandments, but if we do, the Atonement of Christ will redeem us from the fall. Without this we would have no purpose, no hope, and no chance. But we do have all of these because of Christ. He is our Saviour, our brother, our friend, and he lives!

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