I have written before about how I have learned to use the atonement, what it is and how it has affected me. But I am gaining a new perspective and understanding I never have before that I would like to share.
The condescension of Jesus Christ was a big deal. According to Bruce R. McConkie Christ progressed so fast in the pre-existence that he became a God in his pre-mortal state. Can you imagine having a son like that; a perfect son, who was totally obedient, honored you in every way, wanted to do your will more than his own, loved you and trusted you enough to do anything you wanted him to? If you’re a parent that sounds pretty fantastic! None of us can have children like that or be children like that, but because of the struggles of parenting that opposition can give a deeper understanding of what it would feel like to have a child like that.
When I imagine this it feels amazing. I would love and cherish that son. He would mean the world to me and I would want to protect him with every fiber of my being. I can try to imagine how Heavenly Father felt about this perfect son. Oh my goodness the perfect and intense love he must feel toward Christ! What a powerful, tender, protective feeling He must have felt. I can imagine how I would feel if I had a son like that. It would be the most difficult thing in the world to sacrifice Him to the most painful thing anyone would ever have to go through; all the sins of the world, but in addition, to sacrifice his honor and glory to come down among man and be spit on, humiliated, abused and killed.
The love God offers me in the sacrifice of His son amazes me. God loved the world; you and I, so much that He gave his only begotten Son. God’s love amazes me!
Christ amazes me. He didn’t know what this sacrifice would feel like until he experienced it for himself. He thought he could do it. God knew He could. I know all of us on earth trusted that He could do it. I am so glad I was willing to put my trust in God and Jesus Christ that He could perform the most powerful sacrifice of all time that would save us all.
Christ is our perfect example of loving God enough to do His will. If we love God more than man we put our value on pleasing God and doing His will, and not pleasing or looking good to others. If we love God more than ourselves we empty ourselves of our pride, vanity, and hardness and are willing to listen, turn to Him and obey. I wish I could love God that much. I wish I had a perfect love that I could be that kind of being. When I am perfected in Christ at the resurrection and am not a fallen being that is what I want; that I can be perfect in my love for God; that I can always act, think and feel as God wants me to.
Christ loved His Father so much. He was empty of himself; his life, his honor, his power, his way, his goals, his wishes and his dreams were not important to him, he just wanted what His Father wanted. That is a perfect love.
I am having a small realization of what this meant to both of them. How painful for God to sacrifice a perfect son who loves and trusts you so much, for a world, which for the most part would reject Him. And how much Christ loved His Father.