Jesus Christ takes on many roles. He is our teacher, our master, our elder brother, and our redeemer, just to name a few. One exceptionally large role he fills is as the Son of God. But what does it mean to be the Son of God? Aren't we all God's children?
We all make sacrifices. Every one of us has at one time or another given up something for a greater purpose. We all know how this feels. But one thing that none can begin to comprehend is the magnitude of the sacrifice our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ made on our behalf. A mortal being cannot feel the same degree of love, or experience the same level of devotion that our elder brother had for us. But through the guiding influence of the Holy Ghost, one can come to appreciate and relish the gift that our Lord has given us in the atonement, and we can learn to accept this gift in our lives and apply it where we are in need.
The atonement of our Savior was an all-encompassing sacrifice. Prior to the time of Jesus, believers followed what is known as the Law of Moses, the code of righteousness given by God in that era. With the coming of Jesus Christ, however, the Law of Moses was replaced with a higher law.
The night before his crucifixion, Jesus and his twelve apostles convened in the top floor a house, and had what we refer to as the Last Supper. Jesus broke and blessed bread for the apostles and explained that it was a representation of his body. He blessed and passed around wine, explaining that it was a representation of the blood he would shed for them. These actions would in time become known as the Sacrament.
After the Last Supper, Jesus and his disciples walked into the garden of Gethsemane. The Savior told his disciples to stay back and kneel, to pray that they enter not into temptation. He continued to walk several yards further, until he was alone. It was then that Jesus Christ prayed to his eternal father, and begged, saying, "Father, if thou be willing, this cup from me: nevertheless not my , but thine, be done."
Our Redeemer suffered there in the Garden of Gethsemane. He felt every pain, experienced every ailment, and endured all sorrow that man had ever, and will ever feel, all at once. He writhed in pain, and in his agony, he bled from every pore of his body.
He was then betrayed by his apostle, Judas, who sold him to the angry Pharisees, who beat him, mocked him, unjustly tried him, and crucified him, one of the most painful forms of murder that man has ever devised. He gave up the ghost, and ascended unto his father, returning three days later as a perfect, resurrected being.
This pain was not needless. Our Lord Jesus Christ suffered these agonies to understand us, to descend below the deepest depth that man could sink to, to empathize with all pain and sorrow that man could feel. His agony atoned for our pains and ailments, but more importantly, it atoned for our sins. Thanks to the Lord's sacrifice, we can activate the atonement when we sin, we can repent, and turn away from our sins by partaking of the sacrament and washing away our sins with the help of our Savior and Redeemer.
We must always remember the love and devotion that Jesus Christ feels for us. He, as our elder brother, wants nothing less than for us to succeed. The life he freely gave and the crushing burden he freely bore are indeed a testament to his loving care, and he loves us all unconditionally.
I leave you with my testimony, that our Savior Jesus Christ is the literal son of God, that he atoned for our sins so that we could come closer to our father. I testify of our Savior's love, of my love for him, and of the perfect example of righteousness he is in my life. I close this article in his holy name, Jesus Christ--Amen