Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Who is Jesus Christ to me?

Last Fall, I got a letter from a friend asking "who is Jesus Christ to you?"

The idea of me trying to compile words that adequately express the answer to that question is absolutely impossible for me. I don't think I could convey exactly who Christ is to me through word, music, art, dance - anything.
I think that is why I do what I do. Why I chose to leave "my life" behind for a year and a half to preach His gospel and testify that I know He lives - because that is the only way I know how to show Him what He means to me. The only way I know how to show Him what He means to me is through obedience to His commandments and serving Him and others. I can only express it through the way that I live. I think that is the foundation of my understanding that "faith without works is dead" (James 2:26).

But if I must try to express who Christ is to me, I am going to have to use the help of some more eloquent sources:

Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world.
He is the Son of God.
He is my Redeemer.

Jesus Christ is the firstborn of the Father in the spirit and the Only Begotten of the Father in the flesh. He is Jehovah, and was foreordained to His great calling in the Grand Councils before the world was.

Jesus Christ is the only way by which we can return to live with our Heavenly Father. Jesus suffered and was crucified for the sins of the world, giving each of God’s children the gift of repentance and forgiveness. Only by His mercy and grace can anyone be saved. His subsequent resurrection prepared the way for every person to overcome physical death as well. Jesus Christ is the Son of God, and He will be our Lord forever. (ref: http://mormon.org/jesus-christ/)

He is the greatest Being to be born on this earth - the perfect example - and all religious things should be done in His name.

He is Lord of lords, King of kings, the Creator, the Savior, the God of the whole earth, the Captain of our salvation, the Bright and Morning Star. He is in all things, above all things, through all things, and round about all things; He is Alpha and Omega, the first and the last; His name is above every name, and is the only name under heaven by which we can be saved.

He will come again in power and glory to dwell on the earth, and will stand as Judge of all mankind at the last day.
(ref: http://www.lds.org/scriptures/bd/christ?lang=eng&letter=c)

And my small and simple words to convey the great emotions this question awakens within me are these:
He is the reason for all and any hope in my life. Without Him, every moment of my life would be worthless, cold, and sorrowful. With Him - my life is full of peace, purpose, and true joy. He saves me from the sting of death, the bitterness of heartache, He is the reason I can change, He is the reason I can do ANYTHING. He saves me from sin, guilt, and regret. He suffered and died for me. He heals me. He loves me and knows me perfectly. I love Him and I try to live like Him - again relying on His grace and mercy.
He is my best friend. He is my Savior. He is my King.

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