9 And lo, he cometh unto his own, that salvation might come unto the children of men even through faith on his name; and even after all this they shall consider him a man, and say that he hath a devil, and shall scourge him, and shall crucify him.
10 And he shall rise the third day from the dead; and behold, he standeth to judge the world; and behold, all these things are done that a righteous judgment might come upon the children of men.
- We all want to live in a universe of order. We want to know that “the wrong shall fail, the right prevail.” (Hymns, #214, “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day“). We also want to know that God’s house is “not a house of confusion” (D&C 132:8, 1 Corinthians 14:33). Unresolved issues and inappropriate outcomes are distasteful to us. We want the universe to harmonize with our intuitive sense of right and wrong. As Alma taught his son Corianton, we have such a universe, and a fundamental characteristic of God is His perfect justice (Alma 42:22-23).
- Although we all have the potential to become like our Father (Romans 8:17), none of us can do this on our own. “All have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). Without God’s grace, the natural and just consequence of our disobedience would be to exclude us from His presence and from the glory that He desires us to inherit (Alma 42:11-12). The only way to compensate for this inequity was for a perfect and infinite Being to pay the price for our sins and for us to willingly allow that gift to change us (Alma 34:11-12, Mosiah 27:25).