Day 82 | My Peace I Give
January 21, 2015 - WEEK TWELVE
J. Kirk Richards, Last Supper, Used with artist permission.
CONSIDER AS YOU READ
- In what way do the Father and Son “make [their] abode with [you]?”
- Can we really feel peace at all times? Even in the midst of conflict, temptation, and affliction?
- Does it help you, in keeping Christ’s commandments, to know that He always kept his Father’s commandments?
[O]ne of the great consolations of this Easter season is that because Jesus walked such a long, lonely path utterly alone, we do not have to do so. His solitary journey brought great company for our little version of that path—the merciful care of our Father in Heaven, the unfailing companionship of this Beloved Son, the consummate gift of the Holy Ghost, angels in heaven, family members on both sides of the veil, prophets and apostles, teachers, leaders, friends. All of these and more have been given as companions for our mortal journey because of the Atonement of Jesus Christ and the Restoration of His gospel. Trumpeted from the summit of Calvary is the truth that we will never be left alone nor unaided, even if sometimes we may feel that we are (John 14:18)….
[T]hese scenes of Christ’s lonely sacrifice, laced with moments of denial and abandonment and, at least once, outright betrayal, must never be reenacted by us. He has walked alone once. Now, may I ask that never again will He have to confront sin without our aid and assistance, that never again will He find only unresponsive onlookers when He sees you and me along His Via Dolorosa in our present day. As we approach this holy week … may we declare ourselves to be more fully disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ, not in word only and not only in the flush of comfortable times but in deed and in courage and in faith, including when the path is lonely and when our cross is difficult to bear. This Easter week and always, may we stand by Jesus Christ “at all times and in all things, and in all places that [we] may be in, even until death” (Mosiah 18:9), for surely that is how He stood by us when it was unto death and when He had to stand entirely and utterly alone (Jeffrey R. Holland, “None Were with Him,” Ensign, May 2009, 88).
FOR YOUNGER DISCIPLES
QUESTIONS FOR YOUNGER DISCIPLES
- How can you tell if you love Christ?
- Is there a way to show love in everything we do?