5 For behold, the time cometh, and is not far distant, that with power, the Lord Omnipotent who reigneth, who was, and is from all eternity to all eternity, shall come down from heaven among the children of men, and shall dwell in a tabernacle of clay, and shall go forth amongst men, working mighty miracles, such as healing the sick, raising the dead, causing the lame to walk, the blind to receive their sight, and the deaf to hear, and curing all manner of diseases.
6 And he shall cast out devils, or the evil spirits which dwell in the hearts of the children of men.
7 And lo, he shall suffer temptations, and pain of body, hunger, thirst, and fatigue, even more than man can suffer, except it be unto death; for behold, blood cometh from every pore, so great shall be his anguish for the wickedness and the abominations of his people.
8 And he shall be called Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Father of heaven and earth, the Creator of all things from the beginning; and his mother shall be called Mary.
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.
After listing a number of things the Savior would do during His mortal ministry, an angel told King Benjamin that “all these things are done that a righteous judgment might come upon the children of men.” What did he mean by that?
I think a righteous judgment is a fair trial. Because of the limitations of mortality, we are all subjected to unrighteous judgments all the time. These unrighteous judgments range from criticism by people who don’t know all the facts to losing a job because of factors beyond our control. Unrighteous judgments are painful: we want to be treated fairly, and it hurts when we are not.
When this life is over, we will all be judged. (See 2 Nephi 9:15.) How did the Savior’s mortal ministry ensure that our Final Judgment will be righteous?
- He lived in a mortal body, so He knows what it’s like to be subjected to the constraints of mortality. This enables Him to empathize with us, not just to review our actions objectively. (See Hebrews 4:15.) We want to be judged by someone who understands us.
- He performed miracles throughout His life healing diseases and disabilities which limited people through no fault of their own. We want to be judged by someone who has our best interests at heart.
- He suffered to a degree that no one else could have done. He did this so that we would be able to be fully cleansed from our sins and return to the presence of our Heavenly Father. We want to know that factors beyond our control will not prevent us from achieving our highest potential.
- After being rejected by His people, He rose from the dead. We want to be judged by someone who is capable, who knows how things really work and who understands how to be successful in the end.
I am grateful for the life of Jesus Christ. I’m grateful that He lived a mortal life and understands how it feels. I’m grateful that He performed miracles during His life and still performs miracles today. I’m grateful that He suffered to overcome the effects of our sins. I’m grateful that He conquered death.
Today, I will remember that, no matter how many times I may be judged unrighteously in this life, I will be judged righteously and fairly in the end. I will remember that this righteous judgment is possible because of what the Savior was willing to do for me and for all of us.