Sunday, February 7, 2016

The Savior's Everlasting Atonement.

          “For it is expedient that there should be a great and last sacrifice; yea, not a sacrifice of man, neither of beast, neither of any manner of fowl; for it shall not be a human sacrifice; but it must be an infinite and eternal sacrifice.” (Alma 34:10)
            In this scripture, Amulek is teaching of the infinite Atonement which will serve for the sins of the world (Alma 34:12).  The infinite Atonement of Christ was made possible because our Savior is the only blameless man ever to live on the earth and therefore, was not subject to the spiritual death that comes as a result to sin. Jesus Christ is the Only Begotten Son of the Father and therefore was able to posses the attributes of Godhood that gave him the capability to overcome physical death (2 Nephi 9:5-9). He was the only man who was adequately humble and prepared in the premortal realm to be predestine to the service of God.
Amulek teaches us in Alma 34 about the infinite and eternal sacrifice. What does this mean? According to Webster’s Dictionary, infinite means “subject to no limitation or external determination”. This is a similar definition that we relate to Christ’s sacrifice. (2 Nephi 9:7) It was an infinite sacrifice. His atonement applied to every person amongst the Earth. The attributes Christ shows from bleeding from every pore and ultimately suffering for all of our sins, shows His charity and love, and how much he cares for each of us individually. Christ is our Savior and Redeemer; He knows each of our pains. He knows exactly what its like to feel how we may be feeling. Christ is always watching over us and is willing to help us- if we are willing to repent. The Atonement of Christ is infinite because it completely covers the entire universe, not only for those that live on Earth, but even those that were to live, and had already lived (Moses 1:39). That is why it is an “eternal” sacrifice. Having an infinite and eternal sacrifice is everlasting. Not one person on Earth is perfect, but through Christ’s infinite and eternal sacrifice, we are able to be forgiven for our sins through the Atonement and return to live with our Savior and Jesus Christ again.
            “An infinite and eternal sacrifice” means that the Atonement is infinite and eternal in duration. The Atonement shows the never-ending love from Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. There is no end to the Atonement- all humankind will be saved from suffering as we show our love and mercy for the exceeding joy the Atonement can bring us. The Book of Mormon teaches us the atoning sacrifice Christ made for all sins of the world. The Savior did not only overcome death and sin, but he also took upon himself “the pains and the sicknesses” and the “infirmities” of his people (Alma 7:11-12). Our Heavenly Father and His beloved Son created this infinite Atonement to forgive us “as often as we repent” (Mosiah 26:30-31).
            The Atonement is a personal and unique fundamental of the gospel that is applied to individual’s special situations. For me, the Atonement is pure happiness. Through the Atonement, I am able to find peace in every situation I encounter. Like Nephi, he had an admirable attitude that I look up to. He did not live an easy life, especially compared to the life I live today. Even through his serious trials, sufferings, and tribulations, he was able to say “It came to pass that we lived after the manner of happiness” (2 Nephi 5:27). Nephi was able to see that there is a result of happiness in God’s plan through the difficulties and disappointments that come into our life. Being able to focus on the big picture Heavenly Father has for us, is the intent of the Atonement. God wants us to understand that through his Only Begotten Son, and their pure love for each of us, we can return to live with him again someday. In 2 Nephi 4:26-27, Nephi questions the consideration of the Atonement in our lives, but after his lament, he approaches the problems like God would want us to. We do not know the meaning of all things, but we know God loves his children (1 Nephi 11:17). The happiness that I receive from the Atonement is my knowledge that the Savior is more understanding of myself than I am, that he loves me through all my doubts and fears. Through the Atonement, I am able to renew my covenants by partaking of the sacrament regularly to commit upon myself His name, to remember Him, and to keep His commandments. As I follow the His plan, I am able to live happily. God wants us to be happy and worthy- the Atonement is the key to happiness and eternal life.
            In Jacob 4:11, we learn that we are able to repent, come into full harmony and complete acceptance with Him, and avoid the mistakes or misunderstanding that “denieth the mercies of Christ, and setteth at naught the atonement of him and the power of His redemption” (Moroni 8:20). The Atonement is powerful and uniquely crafted for each individual’s circumstances. Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ know each of us better than we could know ourselves and They help us overcome our difficulties so we can be happy. Thanks to the Jesus Christ and our Heavenly Father, the Atonement is effective for our eternal salvation to lead us where we need and want to be.

            The Atonement shows the Saviors wholesome love for us. In return, we must do the same and show our love for Him. Remembering the sufferings that He did for us so we would not have to suffer shows unbelievable righteousness and defines the pure love of Christ. I am grateful for Christ’s infinite and eternal sacrifice; we should all be grateful for him. Through the infinite and eternal sacrifices Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father made for us, we are all able to repent and live happily in this life and the life after Earth.




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