“And it came to pass that I looked and beheld the great city of Jerusalem, and also other cities. And I beheld the city of Nazareth; and in the city of Nazareth I beheld a virgin, and she was exceedingly fair and white.
And it came to pass that I saw the heavens open; and an angel came down and stood before me; and he said unto me: Nephi, what beholdest thou?
And I said unto him: A virgin, most beautiful and fair above all other virgins.
And he said unto me: Knowest thou the condescension of God?
And I said unto him: I know that he loveth his children; nevertheless, I do not know the meaning of all things.
And he said unto me: Behold, the virgin whom thou seest is the mother of the Son of God, after the manner of the flesh.
And it came to pass that I beheld that she was carried away in the Spirit; and after she had been carried away in the Spirit for the space of a time the angel spake unto me, saying: Look!
And I looked and beheld the virgin again, bearing a child in her arms.” – 1 Nephi 11:13-20
“And behold, he shall be born of Mary, at Jerusalem which is the land of our forefathers, she being a virgin, a precious and chosen vessel, who shall be overshadowed and conceive by the power of the Holy Ghost, and bring forth a son, yea, even the Son of God.” – Alma 7:10
The circumstances of Christ’s birth were singular and unique. There is no other being on the earth who has had such a heritage. Christ’s Father was God. His mother was Mary, a mortal. She was pure and good. The combination of Christ’s mortal and immortal heritage is what enabled him to be the Savior of the world.
He needed to be mortal so that he could gain a physical body. He would also need to experience life with a mortal body in order to experience pain and temptation. Additionally, his experience in the Garden of Gethsemane, performing the atonement, would have been impossible if he were not mortal. Because of His mortality, he was able to suffer every pain and affliction – therefore, enabling him to completely empathize with us.
Of course, Christ needed to be more than mortal. He needed to be a literal descendant of God in order to overcome the pains, temptations, and difficulties of mortality. He needed to be part God in order to overcome both spiritual and physical death. If he did not have divine heritage, then he would not have been able to “lay down his own life” – as he would not have had the power and choice to die.
Understanding Christ’s unique heritage is essential in accepting Him as the Messiah.
– PS – I’m so grateful for Mary! I can’t imagine the role she played – having a child, the Messiah. I really look up to her.
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