Mighty to Save

Isaiah describes the Second Coming of Jesus Christ in the form of a dialogue between the people and the Savior.

The people are caught off guard by His arrival and by His appearance. They ask, “Who is this that cometh from Edom [a country south of Israel with whom Israel had had significant conflict], with dyed garments from Bozrah [a city in Edom]? this that is glorious in his apparel, travelling in the greatness of his strength?” (Isaiah 63:1).

In a revelation given to Joseph Smith on November 3, 1831, the Lord paraphrases this question, removing the references to specific locations which would have been unfamiliar to Joseph’s audience:

Who is this that cometh down from God in heaven with dyed garments; yea, from the regions which are not known, clothed in his glorious apparel, traveling in the greatness of his strength?

Doctrine and Covenants 133:46

The Savior responds: “I am he who spake in righteousness, mighty to save” (Doctrine and Covenants 133:47, see also Isaiah 63:1).

Nephi tells us that, as we walk along the path of discipleship, we need to “[rely] wholly upon the merits of him who is mighty to save” (2 Nephi 31:19). Alma urged the people in the city of Gideon to be baptized, so that they could “have faith on the Lamb of God, who taketh away the sins of the world, who is mighty to save and to cleanse from all unrighteousness” (Alma 7:14). And, paraphrasing the prophet Zenos, Amulek pleaded with the Zoramites, “Cry unto [God] for mercy; for he is mighty to save” (Alma 34:18).

Elder L. Todd Budge made a similar invitation to us, as he testified of the Savior’s ability to help us overcome every challenge:

I testify that as we commend ourselves unto the Lord and consistently and resiliently trust in Jesus Christ and His divine purposes in our lives, He will visit us with assurances, speak peace to our souls, and cause us to “hope for our deliverance in him.”

I witness that Jesus is the Christ. He is the source of all joy.His grace is sufficient, and He is mighty to save. He is the light, the life, and the hope of the world. He will not let us perish.

Consistent and Resilient Trust,” General Conference, October 2019

Today, I will place my trust in the Savior, remembering that He is “mighty to save.”

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