That He May Know…How to Succor His People – Alma 7:11-13

11 And he shall go forth, suffering pains and afflictions and temptations of every kind; and this that the word might be fulfilled which saith he will take upon him the pains and the sicknesses of his people.
12 And he will take upon him death, that he may loose the bands of death which bind his people; and he will take upon him their infirmities, that his bowels may be filled with mercy, according to the flesh, that he may know according to the flesh how to succor his people according to their infirmities.
13 Now the Spirit knoweth all things; nevertheless the Son of God suffereth according to the flesh that he might take upon him the sins of his people, that he might blot out their transgressions according to the power of his deliverance; and now behold, this is the testimony which is in me.
As Alma teaches the people of Gideon about the Atonement, he emphasizes three positive outcomes from the Savior’s suffering:

  1. He loosed the bands of death. By willingly laying down His life and taking it up again, He made it a certainty that we will all live again in the flesh after we die.
  2. He has taken upon Himself our sins, which makes it possible for Him to “blot out [our] transgressions” and make us clean and holy.
  3. He knows how to succor us in our infirmities, because He has been there.
Isn’t that last point comforting?  He can relate to us.  The Creator of the Universe not only knows rationally but can relate emotionally to what you and I endure because of what He was willing to suffer. 

When we sing about Jesus’s humble birth, we emphasize His “grief and pain,” His “blood and tears,” and the fact that He was “forsaken, left alone” (Hymns, 196).  We do this in order to remember the incomparable price He was willing to pay for us.  But today, I remember those elements of His suffering for a different reason: because no matter what challenges I face, He has been there.  He gets it.  He knows what it’s like to be mortal.  He knows what it’s like to be rejected.  He knows what it’s like to suffer pain, illness, temptation, even death.  No matter what I experience, He can relate.  And, even more importantly, He can help me deal with my specific and individual infirmities.
Today, I will remember the Savior’s unparalleled ability to help me and to help all those I love to overcome our unique and personal challenges and trials.  I will be thankful for all of the gifts I receive through His Atonement, including the gift of a God who knows how to succor His people.

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