Jesus Saving His Own Life?
During this Holy Week, our thoughts naturally turn to Christ’s supreme act of love as he willingly gave his life as payment for our sins. On the basis of Jesus’ death, God has drowned our sins in the depths of the sea (Micah 7:19) and has separated them from us as far as the east is from the west (Psalm 103:12).
In the current issue of the Ensign, Elder Todd D. Christofferson, one of the apostles of the Mormon Church, also talks about Jesus’ death. He writes: “In giving His life, Christ saved not only His own life but our lives as well” (my emphasis). Unfortunately he doesn’t elaborate on his surprising statement that Christ saved his own life. But it is emphasized, being quoted in larger print right under the title of his article.
I can’t think of any other instance where a LDS member said that to me or that I read anything similar. But that doesn’t mean it can be ignored – an approach some LDS members could suggest. After all, it was written by one of Mormonism’s apostles and was printed in their official magazine.
As such, it becomes another example of how differently Mormonism talks about Jesus. Mormons don’t realize just how much statements like that grate on Christians.
During this Holy Week once again may we clearly testify to the greatness of our Savior. God forbid the thought that he had to save himself! On the contrary, he willing laid aside his divine glory and humbled himself for us. He willing kept the law perfectly for us – not because he had to earn God’s favor. He willingly took our sins upon himself and suffered his Father’s wrath over them – to save us, not himself. He didn’t have to do this. No one forced him to do this. He acted purely out of love for us.
And he succeeded. God placed his stamp of approval on Jesus by raising him gloriously from the dead. On the cross Jesus paid our debt. In the empty tomb God has given us our receipt marked “paid in full”.
May that give you unending joy. May you share that great message every chance you get. To Jesus, be all praise and glory!