Finding Christ In the Endowment

I went to the temple today specifically looking for references to Christ in the endowment.  It yielded a rich harvest that warrants much further investigation.  Not even counting every individual reference to Him, there were some pretty significant things I noticed.

The first and last words in the endowment are clear references to the Savior.  Truly, He is Alpha and Omega: even in the temple, Jesus Christ is the beginning and ending of everything.  Literally.

More fascinating still were the major references to the Atonement itself.  I counted five.  (I’d love to attend a session of work there with you sometime and discuss in more detail where I saw these five references and the insightful language the endowment uses to describe it!) 

Of course, this is perfectly natural.  The largest overarching theme of the endowment is the physical and spiritual reconciliation of mankind to God through Christ.  In fact, viewed in that vein, the entire endowment itself could be seen as a symbol of the Atonement.

4 comments on “Finding Christ In the Endowment

  1. I love deep discussions as much as the next person, but this topic is over the line and out of bounds. Please consider taking it down.

  2. Ken, I was careful not to include any more detail here than any number of Church publications, but if there’s a reasonable case to be made that I was too specific, I’ll take it seriously–I changed one line to make it even more vague, and I don’t think there can be any complaint now. I write posts like this because I think we’d be better off as a people if we did (reverently and appropriately!) discuss the temple more often.

  3. “I write posts like this because I think we’d be better off as a people if we did (reverently and appropriately!) discuss the temple more often.”

    And I feel we would all be better off if we had a glass of wine with dinner each evening!

    Here’s the lesson, when it comes to the gospel what we ‘think’ really doesn’t matter all that much!

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