Saturday, April 22, 2017

"his mercy endureth for ever"

Elder Holland has quoted Psalms 136:1 relative to Christ where it says "his mercy endureth for ever."

Psalms also says that the Lord is "ready to forgive and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon [him]." (Psalms 86:5).

Indeed scripture, and especially the psalms is replete with references to the Lord being merciful.  It's good to look up those references. 

Mercy and compassion are almost the same.  The prophet Micah has said "he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea." (Micah 7:19)

Lamentations further says that "his compassions fail not." (Lamentations 3:22).  

What wonderful words, that he takes our sins upon him because of his compassion, and that compassion lasts forever.  

As we look at the Savior's life, we see compassion being perfected in him.  In all things he had compassion on others, healing the sick, comforting the downtrodden, and finally, atoning for our sins, sacrificing himself so he could show mercy to us.  

This is the ultimate act of mercy.  

He is alive today, and through the spirit, continues to show mercy to all who will come unto him.  He lifts, strengthens, heals, comforts, and in all ways, still shows compassion and mercy.

And in the end, if we come unto him, he will save us, and exalt us, to dwell with him in his presence and the presence of the Father together with our families.  

What a wonderful promise from our Merciful Savior.  Please, with all my heart, come unto him.  Devote yourselves to him.  Let him heal and comfort you and even though you still may have trials, he will comfort you in them, for he is merciful and has compassion and understands all who come unto him.  

May we ever do that, is my prayer. 

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Friday, April 21, 2017

Are we, like Peter, willing to cast down our "nets?"

This was the event that started the Calling of the Apostles.  Simon Peter had come in from fishing, and the Savior went in his ship and taught the people on the shore from the ship.  Then the following:

"Now when he had left speaking, he said unto Simon, Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught.

And Simon answering said unto him, Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net.

And when they had this done, they inclosed a great multitude of fishes: and their net brake.

And they beckoned unto their partners, which were in the other ship, that they should come and help them. And they came, and filled both the ships, so that they began to sink.

When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, Depart from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord.

For he was astonished, and all that were with him, at the draught of the fishes which they had taken:

And so was also James, and John, the sons of Zebedee, which were partners with Simon. And Jesus said unto Simon, Fear not; from henceforth thou shalt catch men.

And when they had brought their ships to land, they forsook all, and followed him" (Luke 5:3-11).

Something must have touched Peter as the Savior taught the people before he asked Peter to go back out.  

Do we have that kind of faith?  His reality was he toiled all night, was undoubtedly tired, but at the Savior's request, went out "into the deep" and made a huge catch.

How well do we trust the Lord when he gives us commandments?  Even when trials get sore, do we still trust in the Lord? That it will work for our good?

If we do, our eternal catch will be greater than we can imagine, and we will have the blessings of the Lord here.  

May we ever do that, is my prayer.  

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

How Isaiah 53 can draw you closer to Christ

"He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.

But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed...

He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.

He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken.

And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.

Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in his hand.

He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.

Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors. "(Isaiah chapter 53, a few verses omitted)

My hope is that as you read, that you gained a greater love for the Savior.  He knows what we go through, the pains we feel, and longs to lift them.  

He knew that we would have pain, trials, and sadness in this life, but because of his sufferings, we can be delivered from it as we turn to him and follow him.  

May we ever do that.  

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Who the Savior, Jesus Christ, really is, in his own words

Do we know who the Savior is?  Read his words just before he appeared to the people of the Americas after his Resurrection:

"Behold, I am Jesus Christ the Son of God. I created the heavens and the earth, and all things that in them are. I was with the Father from the beginning. I am in the Father, and the Father in me; and in me hath the Father glorified his name.

I came unto my own, and my own received me not. And the scriptures concerning my coming are fulfilled.

And as many as have received me, to them have I given to become the sons of God; and even so will I to as many as shall believe on my name, for behold, by me redemption cometh, and in me is the law of Moses fulfilled.

I am the light and the life of the world. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. (3 Nephi 9:15-18)

May we ever know that God is above all, and can comfort us in out time of need, is my prayer. 

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

The Light of the world, of everlasting life

In about ten places in scripture, the Savior states "I am the light of the world." In other places we are told that the Lord shall be an everlasting Light (Isaiah 60:19), that he is the law and the light (3 Nephi 15:9), and He will be a light unto us forever (2 Nephi 10:14).

The Lord has also been called the light which shineth in darkness (Doctrine and covenants 34,39, more).  This is apt, since he brings us from darkness unto light.

We are told in Alma that light is the light of everlasting life (Alma 19:6), or in other words, eternal life.  Life with our Father in Heaven, Savior Jesus Christ, and our families forever.  

It will then be that we become one in purpose in the salvation of souls with them, as Christ asked for in the Great Intercessory Prayer.  

May we ever seek out that Light in our lives, and seek to become one with them, so that when we return home, we will be clean, and pure, and prepared to continue in the work of the Lord.  

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Monday, April 17, 2017

Jesus Christ, the Savior and Redeemer of the World, has merciful power over all

"I am Alpha and Omega, Christ the Lord; yea, even I am he, the beginning and the end, the Redeemer of the world.

I, having accomplished and finished the will of him whose I am, even the Father, concerning me—having done this that I might subdue all things unto myself—

Retaining all power, even to the destroying of Satan and his works at the end of the world, and the last great day of judgment, which I shall pass upon the inhabitants thereof, judging every man according to his works and the deeds which he hath done" (D&C 19:1-3).

Jesus Christ, the Savior and Redeemer of the World, has won the victory over sin and death.  He who is most merciful will be our Judge and advocate with the Father if we will repent and come unto him.

All things upon the face of the earth are subject unto him, and through him, we may have power over this earth, and like him, will have the salvation reserved for those who have overcome the world through Christ.

May we be able to say at the last day be able to say we have accomplished the will of the Father for us in all things, is my prayer.

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Sunday, April 16, 2017

He Is Risen and lives today! A message for the world

How wonderful are the words "He is not here: for he is risen" The Prophet Joseph Smith said, “And now, after the many testimonies which have been given of him, this is the testimony, last of all, which we give of him: That he lives! “For we saw him, even on the right hand of God; and we heard the voice bearing record that he is the Only Begotten of the Father—That by him, and through him, and of him, the worlds are and were created, and the inhabitants thereof are begotten sons and daughters unto God” (D&C 76:22–24).

Oh those words that He is Risen!  Those words are the declaration of our Savior's triumph over sin and death.  And how wonderful is it that he has appeared to men again in this dispensation, to Joseph Smith and others, and to countless apostles and prophets in our day, who lead and guide his church.  

Jesus Christ is our Savior and Redeemer, the Savior and Redeemer of all of us, and has broken the bonds of sin and death.  He has made it possible to return back to the presence of our Father in Heaven, to live with him and our families forever. When there, we will help the Father and Savior with their work, bringing to pass the immortality and eternal life of all.  

The meaning of the word Hallelujah, loosely, is "Praise to Jehovah." and I can think of no better phrase than that.  As the Prophet has said, may we live with gratitude ever in our hearts for the Savior of the World, he who has ransomed us. 

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Saturday, April 15, 2017

What Christ said and did on the Cross and the lesson for us

After his condemnation, the Savior of the World was forced to carry his own cross, until he could carry it no more, and another was forced to carry it for him. When at Golgotha, he was cruelly nailed to a cross, and placed between 2 malefactors.

As he suffered on the cross, the Jewish Leaders came and taunted him, as did others saying If he be the Christ, come down off the cross.  And as he himself was being reviled, and in pain, paying the price for our sins, he prayed "Father, Forgive them, for they know not what they do."  What an example for us of forgiveness.  

As the Father withdrew his presence so Christ could bear this alone, the cry was heard from him "Eloi, Eloi lama sabachthani," or translated, "My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?"  Our Savior knows what it is like to feel alone, to be apart from God, and knows our sorrows and pains.  He did nothing to deserve it, yet willingly suffered it.  

Then, having finished suffering for us, and weary, he bowed his head and prayed unto the Father "It is Finished" and "Into thy hands I commend my spirit."

Our Savior had secured our Salvation by paying a price that we couldn't pay ourselves. With this knowledge, he slipped from mortality, and prepared for what would come next...

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Friday, April 14, 2017

Final Week: "Surely he hath borne our griefs and carried our sorrows"

After the Garden of Gethsemane, the Savior went before the Jewish Leaders, who condemned him, mocked and spat upon him.  Then he went before Pilate and Herod, and after being whipped with a flog that had pieces of bone woven in it, he went back to Pilate.  When he found no fault with him, the Jews cried for him to instead release Barabbas.  Pilate gave in to the cries of the Jews as they said "Crucify him, Crucify him." In this picture, the Savior of the World is awaiting the command of his death. But the Savior knew this would happen, and did so willingly.  As he had said in his ministry, "no man taketh my life, I lay it down of myself." 

Isaiah says "He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed." (Isaiah 53:3-5)

It's hard to imagine this happening to our Savior, who is so loving.  But because of what he went through in Gethsemane through the cross, he understands every pain, every trial, every trouble we could ever have, and his purpose in life is to lift our burdens when we have them.  He will ever comfort us, strengthen us, and help us, and at the last day, because of his sacrifice, he will help us return to our Heavenly Home again.  

May we ever be grateful for that.  More about the final week tomorrow...

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Thursday, April 13, 2017

The Price paid in Gethsemane "great drops of blood falling down to the ground"

I am humbled at the price that was paid for our sins by our Savior, Jesus Christ, both in Gethsemane and on the cross.  About the Garden we read: "And he was withdrawn from them about a stone’s cast, and kneeled down, and prayed, Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done. And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him. And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground. And when he rose up from prayer, and was come to his disciples, he found them sleeping..." (Luke 22:41-44 https://www.lds.org/scriptures/nt/luke/22.41-44).

If the Savior only had to atone for you, he would have done it willingly, all so that you could feel of his love and the Love of the Father.

The Savior was there for all of us then, and he is always there for us, even at times where we feel like he is far away. Pour out your hearts to him, study him, and become like him as you do his work. Lose yourself in his service and you will find a love and peace that is better than anything in this world.

And because of Gethsemane and the cross, we will be able to return back to the presence of the Father, having our sins washed white in the blood of the Lamb, as the 3rd Chapter of Revelations says.  And all who come to Christ may do that-our families, our ancestors, and our posterity to come. 

May we ever be grateful for that.  There is a Bible Video about Gethsemane below,  More about the final week tomorrow...


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