Wednesday, December 10, 2008

"That's what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown."

"Many men have willingly given their lives in selfless acts of heroism. But none faced what Christ endured. . . .

He by choice accepted the penalty in behalf of all mankind for the sum total of all wickedness and depravity; for brutality, immorality, perversion, and corruption; for addiction; for the killings and torture and terror—for all of it that ever had been or all that ever would be enacted upon this earth. . . .

This we know! This simple truth! Had there been no Creation and no Fall, there should have been no need for any Atonement, neither a Redeemer to mediate for us. Then Christ need not have been. . . .

I cannot with composure tell you how I feel about the Atonement. It touches the deepest emotion of gratitude and obligation. My soul reaches after Him who wrought it—this Christ, our Savior . . . He is our Lord, our Redeemer, our Advocate with the Father. He ransomed us with His blood.

Humbly I lay claim upon the Atonement of Christ. I find no shame in kneeling down in worship of our Father and His Son. For agency is mine, and this I choose to do!"

excerpts from “Who Is Jesus Christ?” by Boyd K. Packer

[Title quote is from "A Charlie Brown Christmas"]

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