The word atone means to reconcile, or to restore to harmony. Through the Atonement of Jesus Christ, we can be restored to harmony with our Father in Heaven. Jesus’ atoning sacrifice took place in the Garden of Gethsemane and later when He was crucified. In Gethsemane He took upon himself the sins of all of us. He suffered greatly, so much that He trembled in pain (Luke 22:44). The Atonement is the greatest expression of our Heavenly Father’s love for us. It is also the greatest expression of our Savior, Jesus Christ’s love for His father and us. Jesus Christ paid the ultimate price for all of our sins and also the feelings that come with the trials we face in this life. I can lay my burdens at His feet, humbly, knowing that He suffered for me. How great was His sacrifice for all of us.
It is only as we learn of, speak about, obey, and have faith in Jesus Christ that we can become like Him and be forgiven of our sins. What do you love most about Jesus Christ?