It behooveth the great Creator that he suffereth himself to become subject unto man in the flesh . . . that all men might become subject unto him.
What does this mean?
It has a pleasing symmetry. Perhaps the Atonement is designed not just to satisfy the demands of justice but the demands of every human value, including the demands of beauty and the demands of order.
Perhaps, under a ransom theory of the Atonement, Christ bought us from those to whom we were indebted. The coin with which we were indebted was the injustices we had done to them, and the coin with which we were purchased was the injustices they had done to Him when he made himself subject.
Perhaps only someone who deeply knows what it is to be led can inspire our confidence in His leadership.
Perhaps there is a deep law written in our hearts that, when we realize the injustices we did to Christ, moves us to follow him. Since I didn’t personally nail Christ to the cross, this either means that in his atonement Christ suffered for my individual sins or else that I share the collective guilt of mankind.
In 2 Nephi 2 we read that God’s plan created the possibility of acting and being acted upon. We usually see acting as a valuable gift and being acted upon as something to be avoided. This verse suggests that perhaps the two are inseparable.