If we want to know God, we must come to know Jesus Christ, the God of this world. What think ye of Christ? It’s an age old question.
Many say He was the greatest teacher who ever lived, but deny His divinity. Some believe that Jesus Christ was a prophet, sent from God, but do not fully understand His divine mission. Others worship Christ, but doubt the relevance of His teachings in today’s world.
In contrast to the confusion surrounding Christ’s identity, members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints testify boldly that He lives, that He is the Son of God and the Savior of the world.
Latter-day Saints pray to God, the Father, in the name of Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ was the creator of this world, under the direction of our Heavenly Father. Because of our unworthiness, and His atonement in our behalf, He is our advocate with the Father.
We worship Heavenly Father as the father of our spirits and the ruler of the universe. We also worship Jesus Christ who is our brother, spiritually born of the Father, as were we. Both Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ are Gods. In reading the scriptures, “God” usually refers to Elohim, or God the Father, and “Lord” usually refers to Jesus Christ, also known as Jehova.
We were given the opportunity to come to earth to receive a body, and gain experience. The problem with mortality is that we sin. Because no unclean thing can enter the kingdom of God, we are not in a position to return to our heavenly home.
Heavenly Father loves us and wants us back, so He sent His son, Jesus Christ, to pay for our sins. Jesus did this willingly, because of His great love for us.
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. (John 3:16)
Because He is the creator of the earth and our Redeemer, Jesus Christ is literally the God of this world.
Will Understanding Grace Help Me to Know Jesus Christ?
What is grace? How can understanding grace help me to know Jesus Christ?
Jesus received power over death because He is the literal Son of God in the flesh. Unlike any other person who has ever lived, Jesus had a mortal mother and an immortal father.
From His mother, Mary, Jesus received mortal characteristics, which allowed Him to experience hunger, fatigue, sorrow, and pain, along with the ability to die. From Elohim, who is God the Father, He inherited God-like traits, among them the ability to choose a sinless life and power over death.
A sinless life was required for Jesus to be able to atone for our sins. None of us will live a sinless life, however good our intentions. Because of the atonement we have the opportunity to repent and become clean from our sins.
Jesus suffered not only for our sins, but also for our pain and sorrow, our sickness and our grief. His suffering made it possible for Him to understand our trials and help us through them, because He has experienced them.
Alma, a Book of Mormon prophet, clarifies this doctrine:
And he shall go forth, suffering pains and afflictions and temptations of every kind; and this that the word might be fulfilled which saith he will take upon him the pains and the sicknesses of his people.
And he will take upon him death, that he may loose the bands of death which bind his people, and he will take upon him their infirmities, that his bowels may be filled with mercy, that he may know according to the flesh how to succor his people according to their infirmities. (Alma 7:11,12)
The atonement allows Jesus to support us in all our trials. This is because of grace, which is defined as enabling power. As we exercise faith in Jesus Christ, He is able to bless us with power to overcome our sinful desires and our weaknesses. He gives us power to fight the adversary and power to endure the trials of mortality. He doesn’t take away our trials, but He strengthens us so that we can endure them well.
In paying for our sins, Jesus did not take away our agency or our personal responsibility. He can make us clean, but we must do our part. To receive His help we must exercise faith in Him, repent, and choose to follow His teachings.
We rejoice in the atonement of Jesus Christ. Through it we experience the joy of repentance, peace and consolation. Through Him we can be healed spiritually, emotionally, and physically. All that seems unfair in life can be made right through the atonement.
Will Understanding Resurrection Help Me to Know Jesus Christ?
Was Jesus really resurrected? How will understanding resurrection help me to know Jesus Christ?
Not only did Christ suffer for our sins, He also suffered death that He might be resurrected. One of the greatest gifts of God to all who come to earth is the resurrection, which is made possible by the Atonement of Jesus Christ.
Because Jesus was resurrected, all who have lived and died will also be resurrected.
Jesus spoke these meaningful words to Martha before raising her brother from the dead: “I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me though he were dead, yet shall he live” (John 11:25).
A study of the Bible reveals that all four gospels, Mathew, Mark, Luke and John, testify of the resurrection. On the third day, Mary Magdalene and Mary, the mother of Jesus, visited the tomb where the body of Jesus was laid to rest.
Matthew records the following about this event: “And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay” (Matthew 28: 5-6).
Latter-day scripture also testifies that Jesus was resurrected:
O, the greatness of our God…For He delivereth his saints from…death…
And he cometh into the world that he may save all men if they will hearken unto his voice; for behold, he suffereth the pains of all men, yea, the pains of every living creature, both men, women, and children who belong to the family of Adam.
And he suffereth this that the resurrection might pass upon all men, that all might stand before him at the great and judgement day. (2 Nephi 9: 22-23)
Joseph Smith and Sidney Rigdon received a vision of the resurrected Lord and recorded the following:
And now, after the many testimonies which have been give of him, this is the testimony, last of all, which we give of him: That he lives!
For we saw him, even on the right hand of God; and we heard the voice bearing record that he is the Only Begotten of the Father…” (Doctrine and Covenants 76: 22-23)
What a glorious day it was when Jesus Christ broke the bands of death. We testify that He lives again and that because of Him, we too will live again. Death is not the end, but a beginning; Jesus made it possible for all to live again.
Will Following Jesus Help Me to Know Him?
How will living Christ’s teaching help me to know Him?
Jesus not only died for us, He lived for us. He showed us, by example, how to live. He taught us about kindness, mercy, and love. He showed us how to worship, how to pray, and how to forgive. He healed the sick, and He can heal us.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is built upon Christ’s teachings. He is the central figure of our religion and our faith. Because of our love for Jesus Christ, we want to be like Him. We teach our children about Him and we follow His teachings.
A Book of Mormon prophet named Nephi taught this doctrine: “And we talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ, and we write according to our prophecies, that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins” (2 Nephi 25:6).
Following Jesus is the happiest way to live. Living His teachings brings peace and joy into our lives. We come to know Jesus by following His example.
Moroni, another Book of Mormon prophet, invites us all to grow closer to Jesus Christ: “Come unto Christ, and be perfected in Him” (Moroni 10:32).
Through the atonement of Jesus Christ we can become perfect. Perfection is a long term process and may continue after we die, but knowing Jesus makes a difference in our lives now. Making Him the center of our lives improves us and makes our lives better.
Through study and prayer you can know what we know. We join with Moroni in inviting you to bring Christ into your life.
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