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April 23, 2021 - Can you even imagine

Christ’s agony in the garden is unfathomable by the finite mind, both as to intensity and cause. … It was not physical pain, nor mental anguish alone, that caused Him to suffer such torture as to produce an extrusion of blood from every pore; but a spiritual agony of soul such as only God was capable of experiencing. No other man, however great his powers of physical or mental endurance, could have suffered so; for his human organism would have succumbed, and syncope would have produced unconsciousness and welcome oblivion.

Elder James E. Talmage," Jesus the Christ", August 1986

Throughout my growing up tears, when I imagined the Atonement of Jesus Christ, I've always just imagined a physical agony that caused a physical response, i.e., bleeding from every pore.

I never even fathomed that His bleeding from every pore was the result of much more than that.

The older I get, the better I understand the link between the mind and the body. Pain is all in the mind, right? So what happens when that pain and anguish in the mind is so intense, that the body has no alternative but to follow the mind?

And why wouldn't there be a link between the body, the mind, and the spirit too?

Now imagine, as best as we mortals can, that there was an intense and immense pain and anguish of not only the mind, but also of the body... and also pain and anguish of the spirit. All 3 realms of existence were in such intense and immense pain AT THE SAME TIME.

I stub my toe and that hurts so bad. Imagine what Christ felt as He felt the pain, the sorrow, the anguish, the illness, the disease, the heartache, the guilt, etc., of every emotion felt by every single person.

I cannot even begin to fathom that.

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