In Gethsemane, Christ suffered for the sins of every individual who ever had or ever would live. He paid the terrible price ahead of time, giving us the option to take advantage of His offering through repentance. He must have known that some would not . . . but in love He still paid for all. How much agony, how many great drops of Christ’s blood were shed in vain? Can we bear the thought that any one of them was for us?
Be lifted by Truman Madsen.
” I once thought the Atonement was over. Of course, in one important sense, it is. It happened; it is locked in the New Testament era. Jesus did say on the cross, ‘It is finished.’ But … in one way His suffering has increased since the Garden of Gethsemane. After having paid that terrible price in an agony that is beyond our power to comprehend, He now must face the sorrow of [many of] God’s children being heartless, cold, calculating and indifferent. [And] He has to bear the burden of knowing that the reason mercy is not operative in our lives is that we ourselves lock it out.”