So this week I wanted to talk about Christ, I find it interesting with this that there are a ton of types and symbols of Christ. You can draw parallels in many places where they may not have been even intended. The first ones that come to my mind are; Aslan from the Chronicles of Narnia, Moses holding up a brass serpent, Gandalf from Lord of the Rings (especially in the movies), Superman, Harry Potter, the list goes on and on. The reason for this I feel is because what Christ did was the most heroic act of all time.
By following his example and trying to develop more Christlike characteristics we show our love for God. While in London I have seen many good examples of Christlike people. As a mormon missionary I was once teaching a man who was in very humble circumstances just outside of London, his name is Paul. His wife had left him and he was in a difficult place for money. He received help from the government and one month pulled out his money for the next 4 weeks and headed home on his bike.
What he didn't know was that his wallet fell out of his pocket. So when he arrived home the money that was meant to feed him, and keep his gas and electric going for the month, was all missing. About 200 pounds which is around 400 dollars. With no heating, food, or gas to cook food, he felt very hopeless.
We stopped by with a man who is a local member of the church. As we stepped inside the member asked about Paul's problems, recognizing that it was very cold in the humble home. Within 20 seconds he had figured out what the problem was, and asked for the gas and electric key for the home. (a gas and electric key is basically a card that gives you pay as you go gas and electric, you top it up at a shop and then stick it into a machine back at your house to use the credit.)
He returned in about 10 minutes and turned the heating on with around 18 pounds on the card and a bag full of groceries. Paul asked if he wanted to him to repay his selfless act when he had the money. The member said that he didn't want to be re-payed, and at this point Paul lost control of his emotions and repeatedly thanked him.
The nice thing about Christ is that his love, like this members love, is selfless. He came and payed for our sins so that all that is unfair about life can be made right. His atonement, or his suffering in Gethsemane, death on the cross, and resurrection, make it possible so that all of us can one day return to live with God despite our many short comings. Christ did many things during his mortal ministry, always demonstrating that love. He also set up a church and established his doctrines, he called 12 men as apostles and gave them authority to preach his message. I'd like to just leave also my favorite quote about this subject; "Live in such a way that people who know you but don't know Christ will want to know Christ because they know you."