Today’s devotional guest post is from Jared, long-time friend of the blog.
What think ye of Christ? His name has been used for good and evil for millennia. Hardly a week goes by where we don’t hear his name used profanely. Conversely, his name has inspired the creation of beautiful music and art. This time of year, we recognize his birth, and in the spring, his death. Can you think of another name that has endured so long and in such a variety of ways?
I’m a follower of Jesus Christ. I have reason to believe he is the son of God who died for the sins of mankind. Following is a short list, a resume of sorts, which helps us remember what he has done for you and me.
The First Born of the Father (D&C 93:21). At some point in the eternities, God the Father progressed to become a God (the word God means exalted man or woman). There was a “first day” in what we now call premortality. In that day, there were no spirit children born. At some point, there was a first-born spirit son of our Heavenly Parents who came into existence. He was named Jesus Christ–the first born.
The Lamb slain from the foundation of the world (Revelation 13:8). In the premortal council, Satan rebelled against God’s plan and presented a plan that the Father rejected. Satan’s plan destroyed the agency of mankind. Jesus Christ was chosen from the beginning to be the Redeemer of mankind (Moses 4:1-3).
Mentored by God the Father (John 8:28). Verily, verily, I say unto you, the Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise (John 5:19). Jesus often taught that he received training and instruction from his Father, meaning his Heavenly Father. This is a reference to His life in premortality.
Creator of all things (John 1:3). Jesus Christ, under the Father, is the creator of all things. All things were made by him, and without him was not anything made that was made. He created worlds without number (Moses 1:33). He created mankind, male and female, after his own image and in his own likeness, created he them (D&C 20:18).
Jesus Satisfied the Demands of Justice (Mosiah 15:9). To put it another way, he stands betwixt you and me and the demands of justice. This is why we call him our Redeemer, the Atoning One, the Holy One of Israel.
He is our Advocate, our Mediator (1 John 2:1, John 14:6). Lift up your hearts and be glad, for I am in your midst, and am your advocate with the Father; and it is his good will to give you the kingdom (D&C 29:5). We can be among those who are just men made perfect through Jesus the mediator of the new covenant who wrought out this perfect atonement through the shedding of his own blood (D&C 76:69).
We are His Work and Glory (Moses 1:39). His work and glory are to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of mankind. In other words, to make those willing, heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ (Romans 8:17), to eventually reach perfection (3: Nephi 12:48), so that “all my Father hath” shall be given unto them (D&C 84:38).
I’ll end with one of my favorite scriptures:
And now my beloved brethren, I would that ye should come unto Christ, who is the Holy One of Israel, and partake of his salvation, and the power of his redemption. Yea, come unto him, and offer your whole souls as an offering unto him, and continue in fasting and praying, and endure to the end; and as the Lord liveth ye will be saved.Omni 1:26