I ask whoever is reading this to please read it all the way through.
This means so much to me.
I have decided to forgo my usual update of the things that occurred this past week for two reasons: 1) I am going to be visiting Napoli for a few days this week to pick up my permesso so my update next week will more than make up for it and 2) This week is the most special week of the entire year and I would rather have all the attention be focused where it should which is on our savior Jesus Christ.
Something I have been thinking a lot about since coming on my mission is why the name Jesus Christ not received with more acceptance and excitement even among the vast majority of Christians throughout the world? I am serving in a country where close to 78% of the population identifies as Christian and yet as I pass people on the street or knock on their front doors to ask them what Jesus Christ means to them I am more often than not met with fear, irritation, or even fierce opposition. I can’t help but ask, “Why?”
In John 3:17 it says, “For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.”
Jesus Christ came to earth specifically for us. He didn’t come for himself. He came for us. For all of us. And why? So we might be saved.
Saved. That’s an interesting word. A word that seems to have many doctrines and harsh opinions attached to it. But what does it really mean? I’ll tell you what it means to me. For me it represents that through Jesus Christ every single person on earth past, present, and future will receive the most exquisite and real gift of their spirit (or soul) being reunited with their body in an absolute perfect form.
No more pain, no sickness, no weakness. Everything is restored in exact perfection despite anything that occurred here on earth. This gift is free to all of us, but was not free in any sense. It was paid for with extreme agony. We receive this gift because, in the most simple words I can explain, a perfect man, the physical Son of God, endured, “pains and afflictions and temptations of every kind,” and he took upon himself all of our weaknesses, our trials, our hopelessness, our loneliness, all of our imperfections. (Alma 7:11)
Why did he do this? Would it not have been enough to take upon himself our sins? Our sins are what cause us to not be able to be resurrected by our own power, why did he take everything else upon himself? He did it because he loved us. Because the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ is more than just a holiday we celebrate around this time every year. For, “he will take upon him their infirmities, that his bowels may be filled with mercy, according to the flesh, that he may know according to the flesh how to succor his people according to their infirmities.”
Jesus Christ didn’t do what he did for us as just an event for the history books. The Atonement of Jesus Christ is a living source of strength. Here and now wherever you are and whatever you are feeling you can receive peace and comfort through Jesus Christ. What you are feeling he felt, what you are suffering he suffered, he experienced it all so that he could know exactly what it is that each and every one of us needs when we are faced with trials in our lives.
There are no words to describe the immensity of the love contained in the events of this weekend almost 2000 years ago.
With all my heart I ask of each one of you to give this Act of Love a chance to change your life. It certainly changed my life.
I love you all, have a very happy Easter.