We cannot emphasize enough the importance that Jesus Christ lives today! As Elder M. Russell Ballard explained, “Without the living Christ, our fondest expectations will be unfulfilled.”
We worship the living Christ! We also worship a loving Christ, and the scriptures repeatedly teach that both Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ manifested their love for us through the Savior’s death. In fact, the Apostle John wrote that we understand what love means “because [Christ] laid down his life for us” (1 John 3:16).
Jesus Christ himself taught, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13, see also 2 Ne. 26:24, Ether 12:33).
While there are many ways that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ show us their love, some of us have shied away from studying the Crucifixion—the event Christ personally defined as his greatest act of love. By better understanding our Savior’s death, we will feel his love in greater abundance and be increasingly able to share that love with others.
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Jennifer Lane, dean of Religious Education at BYU Hawaii, wrote, “As we think about the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world, we can also know that he is the life and the light of the world: Christ as the sacrifice and Christ as the living Word. We don’t have to pick which one to focus on because we can’t have one without the other.” Jesus is both the living and the loving Christ.
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