Monday, February 7, 2011

Jesus Christ's Earthly Ministry

  A couplethree hundred years before the Savior was born, people again fell into apostasy. However, when Jesus Christ began His mortal ministry He, once again, established His Church on the earth. Christ's church is a church of order, structure, and organization. The foundation of His church is built on apostles and prophets with Jesus Christ himself being the chief cornerstone (Ephesians 2:20). He also gave "some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some pastors, and teachers;" (Ephesians 4:11) He did this for "the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, and for the edifying of the body of Christ (Ephesians 4:12)

   Christ performed many miracles when he was in His earthly ministry. He raised the dead (John 21:1), healed the sick (Mark 6:5), and caused the blind to see (Mark 10:51-52). It was by the priesthood power that He was able to perform these miracles. Jesus called twelve men to be His Apostles and He laid His hands on their heads and gave them that same priesthood authority (Matthew 10:1).

  Among the many important things that Christ did on earth, the most significant thing that He did was atone for the sins of all mankind and overcome death. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son . . . that the world through him might be saved” (John 3:16–17). Our Heavenly Father loves us so much that he sent His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, to die for all of mankind. The Son of God took upon Himself, through suffering, the sins of all who would live on this earth. Not only did the Savior suffer for our sins, He suffered for our pains, afflictions, temptations, and sorrows (Alma 7:11-12). The Savior made an infinite atoning sacrifice so that if we have faith in Him, repent, are baptized, receive the Holy Ghost, and endure to the end, we can receive forgiveness of our sins and enter and follow the path that will lead us to eternal life in God’s presence (see 2 Nephi 31:13–21).
  Jesus was the only perfect person to ever live. He was cursed, smitten, and tormented for you and me. Why did he do this? Because He loves us so much and wants nothing more than for us to return to live with Heavenly Father again some day. The Son of God, the Lord Jesus Christ, completed all that His Heavenly Father sent Him to do. I am so thankful for Jesus of Nazareth who came to earth to organize His Church,  fulfill prophecy, and atone for my sins and weaknesses.
  The witness that I bear is that He lives today! He has risen with "healing in his wings" (Malachi 4:2) and, oh how we all need that healing that the Savior can provide. He can heal us through his powerful atonement because he knows exactly what we are going through. He has been in our shoes. He is the Savior and Redeemer of the world and I am eternally grateful for His everlasting love towards me.

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