Thursday, December 9, 2010

Every Knee Shall Bow

Today, I would like to share some thoughts that I had yesterday. About once a month we have a zone conference, it is a meeting in which a large group of missionaries under the direction of the mission president gather together for training. As missionaries, we all have room for improvement and we want to get better so I love these meetings. Since it is getting closer to the holiday season there was a bit of a Christmas theme yesterday, and all of us were asked to prepare a 2 to 3 minute talk on our Savior Jesus Christ. It was so wonderful to hear the different talks from the various missionaries and to hear how our Savior has helped them and what He means to each of them. There was one that really stood out to me and that is what I will be writing on today. That is Every Knee Shall Bow and every tongue shall confess that Jesus is The Christ. This comes from Philippians chapter 1 verses 7-13. And also in the Book of Mormon in Mosiah 27:31.

  Here is what those scriptures say: 7But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:
 8And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
 9Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:
 10That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;
 11And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
 12Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.
 13For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.

Mosiah 27: 31Yea, every knee shall bow, and every tongue confess before him. Yea, even at the last day, when all men shall stand to be judged of him, then shall they confess that he is God; then shall they confess, who live without God in the world, that the judgment of an everlasting punishment is just upon them; and they shall quake, and tremble, and shrink beneath the glance of his all-searching eye.

  I have always looked at these scriptures as gloom and doom scriptures. It always sounded to me like it didn't matter if you did or didn't accept Jesus Christ, in the end you won't be able to deny it. In a sense it means that, but the way the person described it yesterday gave it a whole new meaning to me. The way it was described yesterday was something like this, God can either compel you to be humble or you can do it yourself and which would you rather it be? Would you like it in the great Day of Judgment to be standing there trembling the whole time with fear knowing thinking, "Oh no!! Did I do all was I supposed to? Do I know how He is? Does He know me?" I am sure there will be a certain amount of that no matter how good of a life you live, but how much better of a feeling it will be when at that day we are confident. We are standing there gladly waiting for our turn, when we can go and bow before The Son of God and weep at His feet and give Him thanks for the many countless blessing That He had given to you. That as weak and foolish as we all are at times, He, Jesus Christ the only perfect man to ever walk the face of this earth, will and does forgive us of the many wrongs we do. That the love He has is so infinite that He begs us to repent that He may heal us. I know after the way it was described to me yesterday and hopefully after I have explained this today it will bring these scriptures into a whole new light. That we look forward to the day when we bow before our Lord and confess Him to be The Christ rather than being compelled to do it because we did not know Him. Let us all work harder to Truly Know who Jesus Christ is, and what better time to do it than the time where so much of the world focuses on His magnificent birth.

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