Wednesday, April 3, 2013

The Suffering Christ, Our Repentance, and Our Exceedingly Great Joy

Eugene England (1933-2001), Mormon writer, teacher, and scholar, taught:
 "The most terrible human reality is that we sin, and the most crucial human problem is what to do about it."  Then added, "Of course we cannot understand all that happened in Gethsemane, especially how it happened. Yet we can feel the impact in our hearts of the love Jesus and his Father both expressed here...Jesus Christ has created the greatest possibility we can imagine: that our common feelings of meaninglessness and separation from God can be removed, that we need not suffer if we would repent." (excerpt from the book "Rediscovering the Book of Mormon")

            Polish Wood-carving featuring the Ark of Noah, in the hands of a solicitous and weeping God

Hebrews 4:15  "We have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities."
Scripture records God wept over the fall of Lucifer, and on other occasions.

Terryl and Fiona Givens state "If the heavens wept over Lucifer at his fall, how much more must God's heart beat in sympathy with those children whose presence on earth is proof they are neither rebels nor exiles from His love." (The God who Weeps, page 27)

D&C 19:16, 18  For behold, I, God have suffered these things for all...which suffering caused myself, even tremble because of pain, and to bleed at every pore, and to suffer both body and spirit--and would that I might not drink the bitter cup, and shrink---

D & C 19:19 Nevertheless, glory be to the Father, and I partook and finished my preparations unto the children of men.

                      Unknown artist, Descent from the Cross, 13th C. at the Louvre

Alma 34:14  And behold, this is the whole meaning of the law [of Moses], every whit pointing to that great and last sacrifice; and that great and last sacrifice will be the Son of God, yea infinite and eternal.

     Michelangelo's Pieta at St. Peter's, Vatican City

Isaiah 53:
He is adespised and rejected of men; a man of bsorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we cesteemed him not.
 ¶Surely he hath aborne our bgriefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
 But he was awounded for our btransgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his cstripes we are dhealed.
 All we like asheep have gone bastray; we have turned every one to his cown way; and the Lord hath laid on him the diniquity of us all.
 He was aoppressed, and he was bafflicted, yet he copened not his mouth: he is brought as a dlamb to the eslaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.

     Caravaggio, "The Incredulity of Thomas"  at the Sansoucci

3 Nephi 11: 14  Arise and come forth unto me, that ye may thrust your hands into my side, and also that ye may feel the prints of the nails in my hands and in my feet, that ye may know that I am the God of Israel, and the God of the whole earth, and have been slain for the sins of the world.

    Brian Kershisnik, Halo Repair

Alma 34: 15 And thus he shall bring asalvation to all those who shall believe on his name; this being the intent of this last sacrifice, to bring about the bowels of mercy, which overpowereth justice, and bringeth about means unto men that they may have faith unto repentance

Mosiah 3:9, 11-13 "And lo, he cometh unto his own, that salvation might come unto the children of men even through faith on his name...for behold...his blood atoneth for the sins of those who have fallen by the transgression of Adam" and for he that "rebelleth against God" who repents and has faith on the Lord Jesus Christ..."And the Lord God hath sent his holy prophets among all the children of men to declare these things to every kindred, nation, and tongue, that thereby whosoever should believe that Christ should come, the same might receive remission of their sins, and rejoice with exceedingly great joy, even as though he had already come among them."

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