An aspect of the life of Christ that has caused me to marvel is the sinless life that he lead. That astounds me. Contemplating anyone surviving their entire lives without being guilty of sin to any degree stretches the limits of my imagination. Did he really accomplish such an impressive thing as a sinless life?
The scriptures attest to this fact. These references include:
Listen to him who is the advocate with the Father, who is pleading your cause before him – Saying: Father, behold the suffering and death of him who did no sin, in whom thou was well peased; behold the blood of thy Son which was shed, the blood of him whom thou gavest that thyself might be glorified; Wherefore, Father, spare these my brethren that believe on my name, that they may come unto me and have everlasting life. (D&C 45:3-5)
Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmaties; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. (Hebrews 4:14-15)
For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that hudgethy righteously: (1 Pet. 2:21-23)
I imagine that there are many who ponder deeply upon the atonement who feel that living a sinless life was a type of ‘requirement’ for He who conquered death and sin. There may well be theological necessities here that I have not yet sorted out entirely. But I can understand that for us to develop a perfect faith in Christ, acknowledging his life as a sinless life would be a pre-requisite.
I would like to propose a little experiment. In chapter 2 of Spencer W. Kimball’s classic book ‘Miracle of Forgiveness’ there is an impressive list of sins provided. This sin list largely comes from the writings of Paul in the New Testament. I have often felt if someone felt pretty good about themselves from a righteousness standpoint, they might try reading through this list. If they feel the same way after as they did before, then they must be doing quite well. Now I would invite you to read through this list and consider the Savior’s life. He was guiltless in all these areas of sin – and others that might not be on this list. He really did it! Consider such a life, completely free of:
Murder, adultry, theft, cursing, unholines in masters, disobedience in servants, unfaithfulness, improvidence, hatred of God, disobedience to husbands, lack of natural affection, high-mindedness, flattery, lustfulness, infidelity, indiscretion, backbiting, whispering, lack of truth, striking, brawling, quarelsomeness, unthankfulness, inhospitality, deceitfulness, irreverence, boasting, arrogance, pride, double-tounged talk, profanity, slander, corruptness, thievery, embezzlement, despoiling, covenentbreaking, incontinence, filthiness, slothfulness, impatience, lack of understanding, unmercifulness, idolatry, blasphemy, denial of the Holy Ghost, Sabbath breaking, envy, jealousy, malice, maligning, vengefulness, implacability, bitterness, clamor, spite, defiling, reviling, evil speaking, provoking, greediness for filthy lucre, disobedience to parents, anger, hate, covetousness, bearing false witness, inventing evil things, fleshliness, heresy, presumptuousness, abomination, insatiable appetite, instability, ignorance, self will, speaking evil of dignitaries, becoming a stumbling block; and in our modern language, masturbation, petting, fornication, adultery, homosexuality, and every sex perversion, every hidden and secret sin and all unholy and impure practices.
Amazing! Creating the world was quite a feat, parting the Red Sea was quite impressive, walking on water and feeding the multitudes was very clever. But of all the miracles of Christ I think the sinless life that the savior lived was the most awe-inspiring thing of all. He is worthy of worship, He is worthy of praise, He is worthy of all things. Holy is the Lamb of God!