The Necessity of a Sinless Messiah

Christianity intrinsically relates to the earthly mission and atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ. It relates to the remarkable necessity of a single special individual born into mortality to save all of mankind, this individual to be the first-begotten of the Father in the spirit world and the only-begotten of the Father in this mortal world. Furthermore, and even more remarkable, the saving plan of the Father would entail great suffering to be experienced by this special individual who, among all of the Father’s children, was the only one who had been perfectly obedient from the beginning. This requirement of supreme sacrifice must have been due to persuasive and righteous reasons; otherwise it would not have been part of God’s plan.

Published in BYU Studies Quarterly 22:1
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