CHAPTER 6: LORD, HOW IS IT DONE? (Page numbers are bolded)
"LORD, HOW IS IT DONE?"
Up to now we have looked at the Atonement from the perspective of those who are benefited by it.
We have examined the practical issues of what the Atonement means for us and how our lives can be
changed. Now we must look at the Atonement from the perspective of the One who atones, of the Savior
rather than of the saved. How is it that Christ can draw upon this vast ocean of merit and mercy in my
behalf? What gives him the power to save? Exactly who was he, what did he do for me, why did he do it,
and what did it cost him?
THE DIVINITY OF CHRIST
First of all, Jesus was God, not only the Son of God or the Elder Brother, but
in his own right.
Before he became flesh and blood, he was known and worshiped as Jehovah; the Lord God Almighty; the
God of Abraham Isaac, and Jacob the God of Israel. The Apostle Paul explains that Jesus Christ is the
creator of all things and that he is the power that holds all things together in their created state: "For by
him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be
thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: and he is
before all things, and by him all things consist." (
.) The Apostle John says much the same thing,
though emphasizing that Jesus Christ is the source of life and light: "All things were made by him, and
without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men."
The Book of Mormon prophets further testify of the divinity of Jesus Christ. For example, Nephi
declares: "The God of our fathers, who were led out of Egypt, out of bondage, and also were preserved in
the wilderness by him, yea, the God of Abraham and of Isaac, and the God of Jacob yieldeth himself,
according to the words of the angel, as a man, into the hands of wicked men, to be lifted up, according to
the words of Zenock, and to be crucified, according to the words of Neum, and to be buried in a
sepulchre, according to the words of Zenos." (
1 Ne. 19:10
During the events associated with the Atonement, God—in the person of God the Son, Jesus Christ—
took moral responsibility for all the negatives—the suffering, pain, and death—that are a necessary part
of the plan of God. This plan, defended and championed by Jesus before the world was, asks us to live in
an imperfect, fallen world. At times it asks us to suffer; it asks some of us to suffer horribly. It is therefore
only fair that the God who administers such a plan and who asks us to live by it should himself be willing
to suffer under its provisions more than any of us. And this he did in the events of Gethsemane and
Calvary. There Jesus Christ confirmed his right to ask us to suffer for him by his willingness to suffer,
bleed, and die for us. In the gospel of Jesus Christ, there are no "fall guys." Nobody gets stuck with the