Monday, December 28, 2009

Lesson Recap: None Were With Him

Jeffrey R. Holland None Were With Him
Taught by Cheryl Wentzel

Do you feel alone?
Brothers and sisters, my Easter-season message today is intended for everyone, but it is directed in a special way to those who are alone or feel alone or, worse yet, feel abandoned.

These might include those longing to be married, those who have lost a spouse, and those who have lost—or have never been blessed with—children.

Our empathy embraces wives forsaken by their husbands, husbands whose wives have walked away, and children bereft of one or the other of their parents—or both. This group can find within its broad circumference a soldier far from home, a missionary in those first weeks of homesickness, or a father out of work, afraid the fear in his eyes will be visible to his family.

In short it can include all of us at various times in our lives.

You Are Never Alone
Because Jesus walked such a long, lonely path utterly alone, we do not have to do so.

His solitary journey brought great company
for our little version of that path—
the merciful care of our Father in Heaven,
the unfailing companionship of this Beloved Son,
the consummate gift of the Holy Ghost,
angels in heaven,
family members on both sides of the veil,
prophets and apostles,

All of these and more have been given as companions for our mortal journey.

He has walked alone once. 
Now, may I ask that never again will He have to confront sin without our aid and assistance, that never again will He find only unresponsive onlookers when He sees you and me along His Via Dolorosa in our present day.

This Easter week and always, may we stand by Jesus Christ “at all times and in all things, and in all places that [we] may be in, even until death,” for surely that is how He stood by us when it was unto death and when He had to stand entirely and utterly alone.

Thanks to Cheryl for showing the Lamb of God video and helping us focus on the greatest gift God has given us through His Son, the atonement.


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