Saturday, January 3, 2009

Jesus is the Christ

I really appreciate the comments you have been leaving. I like the scriptures and words of the prophets you have added. And several of you have been very kind in attributing strength to me. But I can’t take the credit nor can I let anyone think that this is all about me. I have a multitude of faults and shortcomings. Too many to catalog here! It isn’t me that is strong or wonderful. It is the gospel of Jesus Christ that gives strength and is wonderful. This isn’t about me. This is about Jesus Christ—the source, the strength, the power. Anyone and everyone who keeps their eyes on Him and trusts in Him will triumph.

As Lehi begins his parting advice to his son Jacob, he says two things that are very applicable here. First he tells Jacob that the Savior will consecrate all Jacob’s afflictions for his gain. Jacob was a very good man, but it was the Savior, not Jacob, who turned all those afflictions into blessings. (See 2 Nephi 2:2). The second thing Lehi told Jacob is that he knew Jacob would be saved, “because of the righteousness of thy Redeemer” (2 Nephi 2:3). Again, Jacob was a good man, but redemption comes through the grace of Jesus Christ not because we do anything spectacular.

Every single one of us struggles with afflictions, faults, temptations, and mistakes. But every single one of us can be redeemed because of the righteousness of our Redeemer. He is Wonderful. He is my Strength. He is Life and Love. He is Light and Truth and the Way. Don’t give me any credit. It is Jesus Christ we all need to thank.


Chad & Angela Nuttall said...

I am Lynn and Edy Pehrson's daughter. I just wanted to thank you for your words of strength, faith, and trust in the Lord. They have touched and inspired me more than I can say.

It truly is amazing the things we find ourselves capable of when we place our trust in the Lord.

Thanks again,
Angela Nuttall

Wendi said...

President Judd, who also teaches in the religion department, used to be our stake president. He quoted that scripture a lot. I'm thankful for the righteousness of our Redeemer and for the miracle of His Atonement that literally pulls me through each day. :)

Sherrie Mills Johnson said...

Angela and Wendi, You are both so right. The Savior's promises are real. The adversary does such a good job of confusing us on that issue. But if we keep our eyes on Him, just as sailors used to keep their eye on the North Star, our lives are full of possibility! Thanks for your comments.

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