In my New Testament class this week, I studied about some of the Savior's miracles that He performed and also some of the parables He taught during His ministry on earth.
There is no way that I could possibly share everything I learned this week. That blog post would be WAY too long and boring...even for my 5 biggest fans who still read my ramblings on this blog. :)
I'm going to try and narrow this down to three main points...my three biggest takeaways from this week.
#1- It is important to have friends who help you come unto Christ.
Did these friends tell the man, "I'm so sorry. I know we have brought you all this way, but we cannot get close to the Savior, this man who can heal you. We will have to try another time."
These friends exhausted all their resources, finally resorting to removing the roof of the house that the Savior was in so they could lower their friend down to the Savior. They did not give up on their friend and they did not give up on their faith.
This has led me to ask myself this week. "Am I that kind of friend who would sacrifice everything so that my friends can come to know the Savior?"
I like to think that the answer to that question is, "Yes." At least, that is what I try my best to do. I know that the Savior has the power to heal and I would do anything for my family and friends to develop a personal relationship with their Savior that would bring His healing power into their lives.
However, the healing power that I speak of is not just the power to heal physical infirmities. As we learn from the Savior Himself in this story, it is more important that we come to the Savior so that, through His Atonement we can be forgiven of our sins, our spiritual infirmities.
#2- Part of the Savior's divine mission is to call the sinners to repentance.
We are all sinners because we are all imperfect. Sin comes in many forms and even though it sounds like a harsh word, a sin is something as simple as losing your patience with someone. We are all in need of the power that comes through the Savior's Atonement and because He is the one that offered that great atoning sacrifice, He is the one that sets the terms for what we need to do, and how we should live in order to fully partake of all the blessings He has in store for us.
"Because of what He accomplished by His atoning sacrifice, Jesus Christ has the power to prescribe the conditions we must fulfill to qualify for the blessings of His Atonement.
That is why we have commandments and ordinances. That is why we make covenants. That is how we qualify for the promised blessings."
-Dallin H. Oaks
#3- The Savior's compassion and power to heal are extended to all people, everywhere.
"When she had heard of Jesus, came in the press behind, and touched his garment. For she said, If I may touch but his clothes,
I shall be whole.
And straightway the fountain of her blood was dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of that plague." -Mark 5:27-28
But the Savior knew because He knows all of us. He knows our hearts, our fears, our weaknesses, our strengths, our desires...everything. He knew that this woman had come to Him to be healed and through her faith in Him, this healing took place.
And He does the same for us, for you and me, for all men and women everywhere. As we turn to Him, as we trust in Him, as we do the things He asks of us, as we exhibit faith in Him, He heals us.
I know this. With every ounce of everything that is in me, I know this to be true. So turn to the One who can truly save you and He will make you whole.