- 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.
- He has taken upon Himself our sins, which makes it possible for Him to “blot out [our] transgressions” and make us clean and holy.
- He knows how to succor us in our infirmities, because He has been there.
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.