I have really loved getting to know Jesus better this semester by reading about Him in the New Testament. It's interesting to consider the different methods there are of getting to know people. I thought I knew my dad's parents pretty well- I've been at multiple family reunions with the them, visited more times than I can count, heard great puns from my grandpa, ate my grandma's homemade roles until my stomach wanted to burst, and so I thought I knew them pretty well. Then I started typing up their World War II letters that they wrote to each other, and I learned even more than I knew before-- my appreciation for them deepened and I felt closer to them the next time I talked to them.
So it has been with reading my New Testament. I pray to Heavenly Father through my Savior, I sing praises to Him, and I have felt His Holy Spirit numerous times. But as I've read more about Him, about the things He said, and about other's experiences with Him, I have gotten to know Him even better. I especially love reading Isaiah's words about my Savior: Christ was "a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief" (Isa. 53:3). When I read these words, I feel like I can identify with Jesus, with the Son of God! How often do we hear people say, "I just don't feel like I can access a god." But we have all, at one point, been like Jesus-- despised, rejected of men, esteemed as not. Jesus wants us to feel like we can come to Him, like we are like Him, through our sufferings. But in what other ways can we identify with Jesus? Do I feel like Jesus when I pray to the Father and say, "Thy will be done"? Do I feel like Jesus in my associations with others because I always let charity govern my actions? Jesus wants me to relate to Him not only because we've both suffered, but because we've both found strength by living the Father's plan for us.
Jesus was also mocked for not saving himself, for not being more grand. People sneered, "If you were really the Son of God, you'd be more impressive, you'd save yourself." But what makes Christ the Son of God is that "he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows," is that He didn't save himself-- He saved us (Isa. 53:4). He saved all of us. I love my Savior and I know He loves all of us individually. God be praised!