The roles of Jesus Christ demonstrate that God’s mission and purpose is to save each of His children.
What Are the Roles of Jesus Christ?
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, often inadvertently called the Mormon Church, affirms the reality and divinity of Jesus Christ.
“[H]is name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, the everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6).
The names and specific roles of Jesus Christ are many, yet each role denotes God’s desire to guide mankind back to dwell in His presence. His purpose and mission is “to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man” (Moses 1:39).
This article discusses a few of the roles of Jesus Christ.
Jesus Christ Is the Creator of the Earth
Heavenly Father’s plan for His children, called the plan of salvation, involved creating a world where His children could gain bodies and choose to return to live with Him again by obeying His commandments. God the Eternal Father chose His Son Jesus Christ, His firstborn spirit child, to be the Savior and Redeemer of the world, because He knew mankind would sin and would then need a way to repent to be able return to Him.
Heavenly Father assigned Jesus Christ to organize and create this earth. Using the priesthood, the power and authority to act in God’s name, Jesus Christ did so.
“And he shall be called Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Father of heaven and earth, the Creator of all things from the beginning” (Mosiah 3:8).
Jesus Christ Is the Son of God
“Then said they all, Art thou then the Son of God? And he said unto them, Ye say that I am” (Luke 22:70).
God the Eternal Father, an immortal and exalted being, and Mary, a mortal being, parented Jesus Christ. God the Father introduced Jesus Christ several times throughout the scriptures saying, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye Him” (Matthew 17:5). God the Father confirmed Jesus’ claims to be His Son and showed His love, honor, and respect for Jesus. God also affirmed the authority given to Jesus to act as the authorized representative of God on the earth.
Without a correct understanding of Heavenly Father’s attributes and characteristics, man cannot have faith in Him. Jesus Christ explained and demonstrated the characteristics of the Father so that true faith could lead to true worship of God. “Then said they unto him, Where is thy Father? Jesus answered, Ye neither know me, nor my Father: If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also” (John 8:19).
Few moments in scripture are more poignant than the references of Jesus speaking to His Father.
These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee: I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do. And I have declared unto them thy name, and will declare it: that the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them (John 17:1, 4, 26).
Oh my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt (Matthew 26:39).
And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, Father into thy hands I commend my spirit: and having said thus, he gave up the ghost” (Luke 23:46).
As the Son of God, Jesus submitted always to His Father’s will.
Jesus Christ Is the Savior and Redeemer of Mankind
At the close of His ministry, Jesus celebrated the Passover feast with His disciples in an event known now as the Last Supper. During this feast, He instituted the sacred ordinance of the Sacrament. Later, in the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus wrought the Atonement—where, in an incomprehensible act of love and mercy, Jesus took upon Himself the sins, pains, sorrows, and sicknesses of mankind and paid Justice’s horrific price in order to ransom mankind. This act enables us to repent of our sins and become clean again.
For behold, I, God, have suffered these things for all, that they might not suffer if they would repent; But if they would not repent they must suffer even as I; Which suffering caused myself, even God, the greatest of all, to tremble because of pain, and to bleed at every pore, and to suffer both body and spirit—and would that I might not drink the bitter cup, and shrink—Nevertheless, glory be to the Father, and I partook and finished my preparations unto the children of men.
Wherefore, I command you again to repent, lest I humble you with my almighty power; and that you confess your sins, lest you suffer these punishments of which I have spoken (Doctrine & Covenants 19:16–20).
The effects of Christ’s redemption of mankind include forgiveness for sins, power to overcome the lusts of the worldly flesh, breaking the bonds of death (allowing everyone who has ever been born to be resurrected with a perfected body of flesh and bones), and providing the means for sanctifying each soul to be able to dwell in the presence of God.
Jesus Christ Is the Father of Converted Souls
King Benjamin, a prophet-king in The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ, taught his people that to truly be converted they needed to take upon themselves the name of Christ. As each individual was born again, he or she became the son or daughter of Christ.
And now, because of the covenant which ye have made ye shall be called the children of Christ, his sons, and his daughters; for behold, this day he hath spiritually begotten you; for ye say that your hearts are changed through faith on his name; therefore, ye are born of him and have become his sons and his daughters (Mosiah 5:7).
The Savior also becomes a tender, guiding father to each human being endeavoring to learn God’s commandments. As the Way, the Truth, and the Life, He tenderly guides mankind back to God by sharing the guidelines necessary to dwell with God forever. “He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom and shall gently lead those that are with young” (Isaiah 40:11).
Jesus Christ Will Judge Mankind
Jesus Christ will return to the earth to reign in glory during the Millennium. He will judge all mankind.
“For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son (John 5:22).
“And for this cause I write unto you, that ye may know that ye must all stand before the judgment seat of Christ, yea, every soul who belongs to the whole human family of Adam; and ye must stand to be judged of your works, whether they be good or evil” (Mormon 3:20).
So Who Is Jesus Christ?
I know that Jesus is the Only Begotten Son of God the Eternal Father. Jesus’ earthly life exemplified God’s love to man and taught man how to return to God. Responsible for the salvation of mankind, Jesus redeemed men from their sins. He lives today with a resurrected body of flesh and bones and will return to reign in a future day with power and great glory upon the earth. He still leads and directs His restored church, The Church of Jesus Christ, through prophets today.
That Jesus Christ performed and continues His miraculous work so perfectly testifies of the worth of each individual soul and of His Divine Sonship.
The following text by Orson F. Whitney conveys my deepest adoration and love for Jesus Christ.
Savior, Redeemer of my soul,
Whose mighty hand hath made me whole,
Whose wondrous pow’r hath raised me up
And filled with sweet my bitter cup!
What tongue my gratitude can tell,
O gracious, God of Israel.
Then let my lips proclaim it still,
And all my life reflect thy will.
Chasten my soul till I shall be
In perfect harmony with thee.
His “mighty hand hath made me whole,” and I know that through Him everyone can be made whole!
If you would like to learn more about Jesus Christ and how He can make you whole, please contact missionaries from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints!
I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I have moved 64 times and have not tired of experiencing this beautiful earth! I love the people, languages, histories/anthropologies, & especially religious cultures of the world. My life long passion is the study & searching out of religious symbolism, specifically related to ancient & modern temples. My husband Anthony and I love our bulldog Stig, adventures, traveling, movies, motorcycling, and time with friends and family.