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The Savior of the World - Jesus Christ
Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and in him is the fulness of Salvation. He came in the meridian of time, lived a perfect life and wrought out a perfect atonement, and rose again from the dead. He will come again, as has been prophesied. He loves each of us with a love we cannot comprehend, but as we come to know him better through pouring out our hearts to him, and studying about him in the scriptures, he will help us to become more like him, for he knows that is the way to true happiness. He Lives. He is a glorified, exalted, Savior of the World, and he still beckons all to come to him.
The Life of the Savior
His example atonement and gospel
Over 2000 years ago, a little baby was born in Bethlehem, God for a father, and a virgin mother. His coming was foretold by prophets who taught that a Savior would be born. The symbolism of the Old Testament, and the teachings by such prophets such as Isaiah testified of his coming. From an early age, he focused on things of the spirit so much that when he was 12, he was found in the temple, teaching the older Rabbi's in the temple, and when queried about it by his parents, offered the response that he was doing "his father's business" (Luke 2:39).
He continued and it is said of him that And "Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man" (Luke 2:52). For God annointed him with the spirit, and with Power, and he went about doing Good, for God was with him (Acts 10:38).
He began his ministry, with a compassion and love that was unparallelled in human history. He took compassion on those who were downtrodden, loved those who needed it the most, and invited all to come unto him. He said "come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest " (Matthew 11:28) His words still echo to us in our day to come unto him and to find rest.
He spoke as one having authority, for he had the power and authority of God. He rebuked those who believed their salvation came from their prideful claims, and Rabbinical knowledge. He spoke the truth boldly, and exposed those who were hypocrites (Luke 11:44, Matthew 23:14, others).
Everywhere people came to him, and as many who had afflictions came to him, were healed of their afflictions. His heart was full of compassion, and he did many mighty miracles because of the Love of God that was in him. It says in Luke 9:11 "And the people, when they knew it, followed him: and he received them, and spake unto them of the kingdom of God, and healed them that had need of healing."
But he was constantly hounded by Pharisees and Saducees, many of whom, after hearing him forgive sins, wanted him dead. This great Savior of the world would soon come to the main reason for his coming to this earth.
He met with his 12 ordained Apostles in an upper room, and after dismissing the one who would betray him, taught his disciples that the time was soon at hand (Mark 14:15).
He went to the Garden of Gethsemane, this kind, perfect, loving son, and there paid the price for our sins, at that time feeling everything that every sinner would ever feel. It reads "And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground," and that an angel came "strengthening him." (Luke 22:43-44). He went beyond what mortal man is able to bear, and bore the sins of all, so we might not have to suffer even as he did. For it says "Which suffering caused myself, even God, the greatest of all, to tremble because of pain, and to bleed at every pore, and to suffer both body and spirit-and would that I might not drink the bitter cup, and shrink" (D&C 19:18).
After his time in the Garden, he was betrayed by one of his own, denied by his chief apostle, and alone faced the bitter pain of being spat upon and hit by the Pharisees and Saducees. He was mocked by Pilate, cruelly flogged by soldiers, mocking him painfully with a crown of thorns, and finally sentenced to death. He who had taught of kindness, and to forgive others taught us by example how we should do it.
After ascending the hill Calvary, he was nailed to a cross, and in agony, flesh torn and bleeding, when he could have thought of the injustice of it, he looked at his captors, and he prayed, "Father, forgive them, for they know not what they Do" (Luke 23:34). Finally, he was able to say "It is finished" (John 19:30), and died.
After no doubt going back to the Father whom he trusted so much in life, We are told by modern revelation that he organized the work of Salvation in the spirit world. For he is Redeemer of both Living and Dead.
Then the time came where he was resurrected. How sweet the sound, "He is Risen, he is not here" (Mark 16:6). He appeared to Mary Magdalene and said "Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God."
After ascending to his Father as a Glorified, Resurrected Savior, he appeared to the disciples, and later to the doubting Thomas (Mark 16). He taught them for many days, and after giving them the keys to his Kingdom, ascended to Heaven.
In the Book of Mormon it relates how he appeared to those in the Americas, ministered to them, organized his church there, as he had in the Old World, and witnessed to the Saints in the Americas that it was he, Christ, of whom was prophesied should take upon him the sins of the world. He appeared to them several days, taught them his gospel, gave authority to baptize, and then ascended up into heaven, after commanding them to write his words. These people did not fall away from the truths he taught them for 200 years (3 Nephi 11-26, Book of Mormon).
The Savior still lives today. He stands at the right hand of the Father, and stands at the Head of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. His words still echo, "come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest."
In the early 1800's, he and his Father appeared to a young Joseph Smith, and later restored Christ's true gospel to the earth with all the authority and blessings there in the Old church, and in previous dispensations. Prophets from old came and bestowed keys to the kingdom on the young Joseph, and as Christ's prophet here on earth, he revealed the fulness of the Gospel, then passed it to the twelve modern-day apostles before his death.
I give my testimony that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and in him is the fulness of Salvation. He came in the meridian of time, and he will come again, as has been prophesied. He loves each of us with a love we cannot comprehend, but as we come to know him better through pouring out our hearts to him, and studying about him in the scriptures, he will help us to become more like him, for he knows that is the way to true happiness. He Lives. He is a glorified, exalted, Savior of the World, and he still beckons all to come to him.
The Savior, Jesus Christ still lives, and loves his children. His love goes from before the beginning of the world and extends into the eternities and beyond.