As Many As Have Received Me – 3 Nephi 9:15-17

15 Behold, I am Jesus Christ the Son of God. I created the heavens and the earth, and all things that in them are. I was with the Father from the beginning. I am in the Father, and the Father in me; and in me hath the Father glorified his name.
16 I came unto my own, and my own received me not. And the scriptures concerning my coming are fulfilled.
17 And as many as have received me, to them have I given to become the sons of God; and even so will I to as many as shall believe on my name, for behold, by me redemption cometh, and in me is the law of Moses fulfilled.

Following the destruction associated with the death of Jesus Christ, and before the Nephites and the Lamanites saw Him, they heard His voice. The passage above is a portion of what they heard.
At the end of this week in which I’ve studied about finding peace in troubled times, I am remembering today that Jesus Christ’s role as our Savior is far-reaching in its implications. Yes, He can provide ultimate redemption from sin, enabling us to return to the presence of our Father in Heaven, clean and holy. Yes, He has saved us from death, so that we will rise again from our graves. But His salvation can also heal our wounds and scars today. He can remove our pain. He can give us peace.
But as He explains in the passage above, not everyone is willing to receive the gifts He offers. During His mortal ministry, many people who saw and heard Him rejected His message and failed to experience His saving power in their lives. In order to become God’s sons and daughters, born again through the Atonement of Jesus Christ, we must choose to receive Him.
Today, I will remember the saving power of Jesus Christ. I will remember that He can heal and strengthen me today if I am willing to receive the gift.

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