Easter is a time that brings a lot of reflection. I find myself thinking about my standing before God more than other times of the year and about all that Christ did. His life, His mission, His love are all more front of mind, and it makes this time of year sacred. I want to share some of the things that have been on my mind going into Easter this year.
What If Easter Never Happened?
Something I’ve been thinking about this year is “What if it had all happened differently?” What if Christ hadn’t chosen to complete His Atonement and mission? Where would we be? How would life be different?
This kind of thinking has helped me realize how much my life has been impacted by Christ and His Atonement. Without Him, I’d have no hope and no faith. I’d have no purpose to keep me going in my life. My life would be a constant, chaotic mess of confusion, anger, and waste. My heart would be broken in so many ways with no chance of recovery.
I can’t even guess what the state of my family would be without Christ. He’s the glue that ties us all together and gives us a reason to keep working together, but without Him, what reason would we have to forgive each other? To keep fighting for progressing relationships?
And what’s the point of bettering ourselves as individuals if we don’t have Christ and His Atonement? What would we be trying to achieve? Where would we be going? Why learn and grow when there’s no purpose to it?
How many things would be different in your life if you didn’t have Christ and His Atonement? I think my life would be unrecognizable. I’m sure we’ll all come to that same conclusion. He’s touched so many aspects of my life – every aspect – and nothing is left unchanged when He is involved.
Christ Chose Easter
Realizing how much Christ and His Atonement impact me and my life – and all of us – brings me so much gratitude. That Christ did choose to submit to the will of our Father, to suffer and sacrifice Himself on the cross, and to be resurrected. His choices have changed my life and are changing me.
Because of Him, I am part of a loving eternal family. I know that I am a child of God, and that every person I meet is His child too. Christ has brought me the hope-filled beliefs of eventual resurrection for everyone, the eternal nature of our spirits, a concerned and loving Father in Heaven, and significant purpose in each human life.
Christ has given each of us a reason to keep going. He gives us support, courage, and miracles that change our hearts and teach us to focus on His incredible work. He asks us each to step up and take part in His work – the greatest work – giving us so much purpose in our lives.
He chose to become so many things for us. He’s our Friend, our Advocate, our Savior. He is our King, and someday, Christ will be the King of all nations. He’s our shoulder to cry on, the hand we can grasp onto when we fall, and a patient listening ear.
I wish I could adequately give an explanation of who Christ really is and who He chooses to be for us. But I think it’s really a personal thing. He steps into our lives as who we need Him to be, and He changes us from there.
Our Love For Him
Taking a few minutes to recognize everything our Savior, Jesus Christ, has done for us and all we have to be grateful to Him for can leave us wondering what we should do because of Him. Obviously, a big response to Him in our lives is change. We always have the choice of whether or not to change, but choosing to change when Christ is doing all He can to help us is an expression of our love for Him.
Obedience is another powerful response. Even when we don’t understand the commandments given to us or why they’re important, choosing to obey them will protect us and bring us closer to Him.
And, when we have the opportunities, we can reach out to others and share the truth of His gospel. Nothing is more important to do at this time than share the testimonies we’re developing. Our testimonies are the conduit for the power of God to reach others, whether we share them verbally or by example.
Choosing to follow Christ means choosing to take action as Christ would. We won’t do it perfectly, but we can make our best efforts. And those efforts will be magnified by the power of God because He wants us to succeed and help in His work even more than we do. Choose Christ today. Choose Him, choose to take action with Him. Your life will never be the same.