We are told in the scriptures the following:
"And great multitudes came unto him, having with them those that were lame, blind, dumb, maimed, and many others, and cast them down at Jesus’ feet; and he healed them:
Insomuch that the multitude wondered, when they saw the dumb to speak, the maimed to be whole, the lame to walk, and the blind to see: and they glorified the God of Israel." (Matthew 15:30-31).
The Savior similarly sent to John the Baptist to tell him the following:
"Then Jesus answering said unto them, Go your way, and tell John what things ye have seen and heard; how that the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, to the apoor the gospel is preached."
Truly what manner of man is this, as the disciples queried when he calmed the storm?
But not only did he have power to heal, and to calm the waves, he had power over sin. With the man who was lame, he said to him his sins were forgiven, and said the same to the woman who loved much, and anointed him with oil, and washed his feet with her hair.
For the lame man, the pharisees thought to themselves "who can forgive sins but God alone?" The Savior responded "That ye may see that the son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, arise, take up thy bed, and go unto thine house." (Matt 9, Mark 2, Luke 5).
the record about the woman follows; "Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much," and addressing her directly, said "Thy sins are forgiven...thy faith hath saved thee, go in peace." (Luke 7)
Do we sometimes forget who we worship? This same Savior who commands the elements, heals, and forgives sins is the creator of the heavens and the earth, and most importantly to us, gained power over sin and death. This man of miracles is our Savior and Redeemer.
Because of his perfect atonement, we can return again to live with this perfectly loving, perfectly obedient savior if we will just live our lives for him.
No one has lived who can compare to him, and there will never be another one like him, as President Hinckley said.
May we ever seek after him, our whole lives, and as we do, we can experience a closeness to him through the spirit that will prepare us for the day we stand face to face with him.
President Eyring says it will be a time of joy for those who have lived their lives in his service.
President Nelson has said that we will weep with gratitude for what he has done for us, for how he has lifted us, how he has strengthened us, and the price he paid for us.
May we ever remember who Christ is, and continually seek him out, is my prayer.
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