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Pastor’s Desk: Jesus’ suffering and love

Posted on Tuesday, July 9, 2019 at 1:47 pm

Chris Herring, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints – Mexico ward

This is from a dream  Orson F. Whitney former Apostle of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints had about Jesus’ suffering and love for us:

Chris Herring, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Mexico ward.

Chris Herring, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Mexico ward.

“I thought I was in the garden of Gethsemane, a witness of the Savior’s agony. I seemed to be standing behind a tree in the foreground of the picture, from which point I could see without being seen. The Savior, with the Apostles Peter, James and John, entered the garden through a little wicket gate at my right, where he stationed them in a group, telling them to pray. He then passed over to my left, but still in front of me, where he knelt and prayed also. His face, which was towards me, streamed with tears, as he besought the Father to let the cup pass, and added, ‘not my will but thine be done.’ Having finished his prayer, he arose and crossed to where the Apostles were kneeling fast asleep. He shook them gently, they awoke and he reproved them for their apathy. Again he bade them pray, and again crossed to his place and prayed, returning as before to find them sleeping. This happened three times, until I was perfectly familiar with his face, form and movements. He was much taller than ordinary men, and though meek, far more dignified than any being I had ever beheld; and he wore a look of ineffable tenderness and compassion, even while reproving His disciples. My heart went out to him as never before to anybody or to anything; I loved him with all my soul. I wept at seeing him weep, and felt for him the deepest sympathy.

“Then of a sudden the circumstances changed, though the scene remained the same. Instead of before the crucifixion, it was after. The Savior and the three Apostles, whom he had beckoned to him, now stood in a group at the left, and were about to take their departure, ascending into heaven. I could endure it no longer, but rushed out from behind the tree, fell at his feet, clasped him around the knees and begged him to take me also. With a look of infinite tenderness, as of a father or an elder brother, he stooped, lifted me up and embraced me, saying as he did so in the kindest and gentlest manner possible, while slowly shaking his head and sweetly smiling, ‘No, my son, these can go with me; for they have finished their work; but you must stay and finish yours!’ Still I clung to him, and the contact was so real that I felt the warmth of his bosom as I rested upon it. Gazing up into his face, I once more besought him, ‘Well, promise me that I will come to you at the last.’ Again he smiled sweetly, and there was a look as if he would have gladly granted my request had it been wise to do so. He then said, ‘That will depend entirely upon yourself.’ I awoke with a sob, and it was morning. This dream made a wonderful impression upon me, paving the way to my thorough conversion, which soon followed. Among the things it taught me was not to sleep at my post, and to regard first the duties of my mission, and not allow anything to interfere with them.” (Source: Andrew Jensen”

If this seems like a really good story for Easter-you are right! I am writing this now, and not Easter, because I believe we need to always remember Jesus’ sacrifice for us not only on Easter and Christmas  but also throughout the year.

In the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints we partake of the Sacrament most every Sunday during the year. While this may seem redundant to some, true disciples look forward to this weekly ordinance of cleansing, renewal and forgiveness. Properly observed, the sacrament, helps us to “always remember Him”.

As we always remember Jesus, it helps us to become more Christ – like in word and deed, thus fortifying our hearts and souls against the evil out there that is trying to destroy ourselves and our family.

I have no idea how much suffering Jesus went through our us, but this I do know, that He Lives, and he loves me, as He loves you!

Glory be to the Father for our SaviorJesus Christ and His infinite gift of salvation through his sacrifice, resurrection and grace.

It is my hope and prayer that we always remember Him. Now and forever.