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Who Is Christ, that I should Believe Him?

The Book of Mormon and the Old Testament record people who asked very similar questions:

Alma 9:6 And they said: Who is God, that sendeth no more authority than one man among this people, to declare unto them the truth of such great and marvelous things?

Exodus 5:2 And Pharaoh said, Who is the Lord, that I should obey his voice to let Israel go? I know not the Lord, neither will I let Israel go.

As Easter approaches, I thought it would be good (at least for me) to stop and think about a similar question that applies today: “Who is Christ, that I should believe him?”

Son of God
Maybe I take this title too much for granted. All-mighty, all-knowing, wonderful — he possessed all the perfect attributes of a perfect Father. He held the power to completely end mortality with a word. He is far greater than any famous star or other person that we would feel to give special reverence to, but, because he is so easily accessible, we forget and take him for granted.

The Lamb
In the Old Testament, lambs were required to be sacrificed, symbolically cleansing the one who had brought it to the temple. The Savior came with one purpose and served that purpose perfectly — he offered himself as payment for every sin and mistake that has left us unworthy to return to live with our Heavenly Father.

Example
Matthew 7:21: “Not everyone that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.” Christ was the ultimate model of perfectly following the Father’s will, even when it was hard.  Through scriptures and modern prophets, we can follow his lead and use his example as we live our lives.

Healer
The Savior used his miraculous power to heal many people during his life on earth. In the Garden of Gethsemane, he somehow experienced every physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual wound that we would ever have. Not only does he have the ability to heal, he has the knowledge of where we are and what we are feeling, so that he can sustain us as we are being healed.

Prince of Peace
A more obscure definition of prince includes the ideas of being of high rank or standing in a profession and a person who is preeminent in a group or class. It’s not that Christ rules peace, he has become so good at peace that he outranks anyone else. That’s why, when we choose to be obedient (which is pretty synonymous with becoming like Christ), we find peace. That’s why repentance brings peace. Christ is peace, and so drawing close to him brings peace.

King of Kings
He is, in the end, the highest authority on this earth. While he still follows the guidance of his Father, he is the one who directs his church, commands the storms and the seas, and ultimately holds the destiny of every soul born on this planet in his hands.

Savior and Redeemer
Even with all of the power, he has no desire to rule with personal agendas and takes no joy in anyone’s misery or sorrow. He came to redeem us from eternal misery! He provided the essential element, the atonement, so that we can be reclaimed from sin and death to live forever and become perfected.

The Way
Because he provided the opportunity, Christ is the only way that we can gain eternal salvation and return to live with our Heavenly Father again. Trying to make our own bargains or “earn” our way through our own plans and designs will not work. We can only return if we accept the gospel plan and live by it. The great part of that news is that living the gospel brings a peace that cannot be explained to those who have not truly experienced it.

So, who is Christ, that we should believe him, follow him, and worship him? I have only touched on a handful of explanations. No one is forced to follow Christ, but everyone is invited!

 

Further Reading

Jesus Christ, the Son of God

What is the role of Jesus Christ?

Topic: Jesus Christ

The Living Christ: The Testimony of the Apostles

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