Giving the Son power to make intercession

While reading in my scriptures yesterday, I came across Mosiah 15:8.

And thus God breaketh the bands of death, having gained the victory over death; giving the Son power to make intercession for the children of men—

I didn’t think much about this verse yesterday. It seems to be in line with what I believe. It wasn’t until this evening when I read the next verse that Abinadi’s message became clearer.

Having ascended into heaven, having the bowels of mercy; being filled with compassion towards the children of men; standing betwixt them and justice; having broken the bands of death, taken upon himself their iniquity and their transgressions, having redeemed them, and satisfied the demands of justice.

When we read the two verses together, we see there were several acts Jesus needed to perform before he could get to the point where God would let him intercede on our behalf.

  1. Ascend into heaven
  2. Have bowels of mercy
  3. Be filled with compassion towards us
  4. Stand between us and justice
  5. Break the bands of death
  6. Take upon himself our iniquity and transgressions
  7. Redeemed us
  8. Satisfy the demands of justice

Having seen this in new light, describing the Atonement as Jesus suffering for our sins and implementing the Resurrection just seems underwhelming.

Changes I’d like to see in Sunday School curriculum

I’m getting bored with Sunday School.

There. I’ve said it. Now, here’s why.

I don’t the scriptures lend themselves very well to proper reading when split up into entire works assigned for only one year. How can we get anything out of the Old Testament—including all its allegory, poetry, symbolism and prophecy—when we spend as much time  on it as we do the Doctrine and Covenants.

If I could wave a magic wand, here are some of the changes I would implement:

  • Spend an entire year studying the Law of Moses, how it was fulfilled, and what has replaced it
  • Spend an entire year studying the Psalms and Proverbs.
  • Spend an entire year studying Isaiah
  • Spend an entire year studying the Gospels
  • Spend an entire year studying the Epistles
  • Spend an entire year not only studying the revelations of the early Mormon church, but studying in a way to see how they relate to each other and how they helped with the growth and maturity of the church

What would you like to see?