Christ's Life, Atonement, and Resurrection

We wouldn't be celebrating Christ's birth if it wasn't for His life, Atonement, and His Resurrection.  

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Elder Robert D. Hales (Quorum of the 12 Apostles) said,

"We can’t fully understand the meaning of Christmas unless we understand the meaning of the Savior’s life, Atonement, and Resurrection. I cannot think about the birth of the Savior without thinking of His words to Pilate: “To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice” (John 18:37)."

Our Savior, Jesus Christ, atoned for our sins and made it possible for us to live with God again. Because of His Atonement on our behalf, He knows us personally. He can understand what we are going through. And because of His Atonement, we can be clean again after we make mistakes. None of us are perfect, only the Lord, Jesus Christ. We all need to repent. And because Jesus Christ gave up His life for us and took it again, we may all look forward to that bright day of Resurrection.

Again, from Elder Hales,

"Each week as we participate in the ordinance of the sacrament, we renew the promise of the Savior’s birth in our own lives. We take His name upon us, and we renew our covenant of obedience and our promise that we will always remember Him.

The gospel, as recorded in the Doctrine and Covenants, is this:

“That he came into the world, even Jesus, to be crucified for the world, and to bear the sins of the world, and to sanctify the world, and to cleanse it from all unrighteousness;
“That through him all might be saved” (D&C 76:41–42)

May we take time this Christmas season to renew our covenants to follow the Savior and to do His will, just as He did the will of our Heavenly Father. As we do so, the words of King Benjamin’s people, recorded 125 years before the Savior’s birth, will be fulfilled for us today:

“O have mercy, and apply the atoning blood of Christ that we may receive forgiveness of our sins, and our hearts may be purified; for we believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who created heaven and earth, and all things; who shall come down among the children of men” (Mosiah 4:2)."

Optional Activity

This Article of Faith 3 activity goes great with this devotional.