It Is Wonderful To Me

The more I have pondered the birth, life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, the more I have come to realize that His sacrifice for us is deeply personal, and truly wonderful.

The words of a favorite Latter-day Saint hymn “I Stand All Amazed” come to mind and describe my current feelings.

I stand all amazed at the love Jesus offers me,
Confused at the grace that so fully he proffers me.
I tremble to know that for me he was crucified,
That for me, a sinner, he suffered, he bled and died.
Oh, it is wonderful that he should care for me
Enough to die for me!
Oh, it is wonderful, wonderful to me!

I can’t remember not believing in Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. I have loved Them since I learned of Them at the knees of my dear mother, reading scripture and gospel stories with me, and teaching me to pray. That early belief has now grown into a knowledge and a witness of a loving Heavenly Father, who hears and answers our prayers. My testimony of Jesus Christ has been built from many special experiences in which I have come to know His great love for each one of us.

“One of our favorite hymns begins with the words “I stand all amazed.” As we think about Christ’s life, we are amazed in every way. … When I consider the Savior’s ministry, I wonder, “How did He do it?”

I am most amazed at the moment when Jesus, after staggering under His load to the crest of Calvary, said, “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do” (Luke 23:34)….

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…I stand all amazed that even for a man like me, there is a chance. If I’ve heard the “good news” correctly, then there really is a chance—for me and for you and for everyone who is willing to keep hoping and to keep trying and to allow others the same privilege.”

– Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, Amazed at the Love Jesus Offers Me, Dec. 2008

The video I am sharing today is of BYU’s Vocal Point singing the hymn “I Stand All Amazed“, in tribute to the mission of the Savior. I have printed the lyrics to the hymn below for you to ponder.

May we all stand amazed, and full of wondrous joy for the love, grace, forgiveness and hope that Jesus offers us! – MoSop

I STAND ALL AMAZED
Text and Music by Charles H. Gabriel

1. I stand all amazed at the love Jesus offers me,
Confused at the grace that so fully he proffers me.
I tremble to know that for me he was crucified,
That for me, a sinner, he suffered, he bled and died.
Oh, it is wonderful that he should care for me
Enough to die for me!
Oh, it is wonderful, wonderful to me!
*
2. I marvel that he would descend from his throne divine
To rescue a soul so rebellious and proud as mine,
That he should extend his great love unto such as I,
Sufficient to own, to redeem, and to justify.
Oh, it is wonderful that he should care for me
Enough to die for me!
Oh, it is wonderful, wonderful to me!
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3. I think of his hands pierced and bleeding to pay the debt!
Such mercy, such love and devotion can I forget?
No, no, I will praise and adore at the mercy seat,
Until at the glorified throne I kneel at his feet.
Oh, it is wonderful that he should care for me
Enough to die for me!
Oh, it is wonderful, wonderful to me!

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