Thursday, December 22, 2011

Jesus Christ is Special

Today I read Hebrews 1, Paul's opening to the Hebrews that is all about Jesus Christ. I sometimes in the past, and imagine others have as well, wondered if Jesus is really all that special. What I mean by that is, could any of us have done what He did if we had been in the same circumstances as Him. I think Paul's point of this chapter is that Jesus Christ IS special.

Paul points out that none of the angels and none of the rest of us are going to be rewarded the way that Jesus has been. This is because of what Jesus has done for us. Because of what He did, we will all be able to return to live with God someday. We know from the scriptures that Jesus was our elder brother in the Pre-earth life. From modern revelation we have been taught that Jesus was the first Spirit created by Heavenly Father. He had the longest to prepare for earth life and He was the most obedient. He was uniquely suited to performing the Atonement because of who He was.

He was the Only Begotten of the Father in the flesh. He is the only person in the history of the world to have Heavenly Father as His literal father. This is what enabled Him to perform the Atonement and to be Resurrected. He was able to never make a mistake because the veil had been taken back. He knew who He was and was able to resist everything that came His way. So perhaps if we were given all the same opportunities we could have done it to, but the fact of the matter is, He is the one who did it. He volunteered. He came down and made it a reality. He is that special because He is the one who did it.

I personally am really grateful to Jesus Christ for what He did for us. Paul is writing to the Hebrews who most of them don't believe that Jesus is the Messiah. His purpose is to remind those who do believe and to convince those who don't. Jesus is the Christ and He did come down just to save us and if He hadn't, our lot would be very pitiful indeed because we would all be cast off. Thank heavens for Jesus and for His love for us. I don't even want to contemplate where we would be without Him. Until tomorrow.

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