The Loving Christ

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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.

Follow @thelovingchrist on Instagram to learn more about how we can feel more of our Savior’s love.

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.

You might also be interested in the following posts:

How can Christ’s Crucifixion increase the love I feel in marriage?

If we believe in the living Christ, why learn more about Christ’s Crucifixion?

Why did Paul say he gloried in the cross?

What have Book of Mormon prophets and Jesus Christ taught about viewing the Savior’s death?

1 thought on “The Loving Christ

  1. As it is written in 1 Cor 2:7-8: But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:
    8 Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.

    The plan of God of sending Jesus to redeem us TROUGH His death was not known by anyone in the earth or the Heavens, except Yahweh Elohim Himself. So, the other beings – even heavenly beings, ‘sons of God’ or those who opposed Him, as we see in Gen 3 and in Dt 32:17 – some other elohim and shedim, – didn’t even suspect of what was going to happen. They thought, as did the Jewish authorities of the day, that killing that man – Jesus of Nazareth – would put an end to what Jesus was doing. But by killing Him they were doing what was necessary for the the Salvation of Humanity from those three rebellions, Gen. 3, Gen 6:1-4 and Genesis 11.
    Thank you so much for your wonderful videos, that I put, every time they are translated to Portuguese – subtitles, in my ward and stake web pages.

    Albano Tavares

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