Thursday, May 21, 2009

If Jesus hadn't gotten baptized, would that have been a sin?

That was the question that caught my attention in Primary. My answer is different in some ways than the one given them. First off, I would say yes. If he hadn't gotten baptized, that would have been a sin. But he did get baptized. He himself said it was "to fulfill all righteousness." I believe that Christ was perfect because of all the things he did. If he hadn't done them, that would have been a sin of omission. At every point in his life, he had an opportunity to choose right from wrong. The difference between him and all of the rest of us is that he ALWAYS CHOOSE RIGHT. All the time. Every day, every minute. He was not exempt from the law. The expectations for him were not low, but higher than all others. That is why we worship him, stand in awe of him, and thank him for his sacrifice. Not because it was easy - it was impossible for any other to accomplish - but because it was hard.

Along those lines, this post has got me thinking. Am I ready to say "yes" to the role God has assigned me? Can I do my best to choose the right, no matter how hard it may seem? I know there will be times when I fall, but am I selling myself short? Giving up too soon? It's time I listened to those promptings, to do those things I know I need to.

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