My religion class at BYU covers the text of the New Testament. I went to class this afternoon and our professor was sitting in a chair at the front of the class as we came in. (He’s usually at the door greeting us as we come in, so it was a little different than the usual.) He told us that he was not going to shake anyone’s had because he was feeling sick and didn’t want us to catch anything from him. He taught us mostly as he sat down, but one student in the class asked a good question about the intrepreation of a particular verse, wondering if the interpretation presented was related to the words used in the original Greek text.
I didn’t quite make out what my professor said, but he suddenly darted out of the classroom. I looked up and was a little worried that this was related to him being sick. I asked another student what he had said as he left the room. He just darted out to go grab his Greek copy of the New Testament (as well as a NIV translation of the Bible). We read the verse out of the NIV translation and it agreed with what the professor had said (and what the Greek text said).
I particularly liked one segment of class today (other than the sudden professor departure). The professor, Dr. Holzapfel, was telling us about how Christ suffered for all our sins and about how much love Christ has for us. He put it across in a fun way. He said, “It’s not like I’m going to suddenly do something wrong and Christ is going to say ‘Nope, I don’t love him anymore.'” Well, that’s paraphrasing a bit, but that was the general idea.
There’s so much we do wrong all the time. The Lord will always love us, even though our sin caused him so much pain. In describing the suffering, Christ said, it “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” (Doctrine and Covenants 19:18). But He drank the bitter cup and we can claim the benefits of that if we will repent. I’m so thankful for our loving Heavenly Father and his Son, Jesus Christ.