Jesus Came To Know How To Help Each Of Us

“Unlike mortals who inherit the seeds of death from both parents, Jesus was born of a mortal mother but an immortal Father. The seeds of death received from Mary meant that He could die, but the inheritance from His Father gave Him infinite life, which meant death was a voluntary act. . . .

“The infinite nature received from His Father gave Jesus power to perform the Atonement, to suffer for the sins of all. . . .

“. . . For many years I thought of the Savior’s experience in the garden and on the cross as places where a large mass of sin was heaped upon Him. . . . Instead of an impersonal mass of sin, there was a long line of people, as Jesus felt ‘our infirmities’ (Hebrews 4:15), ‘[bore] our griefs, . . . carried our sorrows . . . [and] was bruised for our iniquities’ (Isaiah 53:4-5).

“The Atonement was an intimate, personal experience in which Jesus came to know how to help each of us.”