Jesus’ Mortal Life Archive

Jesus Heals a Blind Man

Jesus Heals a Blind Man

As Jesus and his disciples left Jericho one day, they came near a blind man named Bartimæus, who was begging on the side of the road. There were many people, but when Bartimaeus learned that Jesus was among them, he became excited and called out to him. The people around him told him to be quiet. Jesus was important and Bartimaeus only a beggar. They did not believe it was appropriate for a beggar to bothers someone as special as Jesus. Jesus heard his calls and stopped. He asked for Bartimaeus to be brought to him. Now that he actually had the Savior’s attention, he became nervous and wasn’t sure about going. The apostles kindly reassured him there was nothing to be afraid of and he should just rise and go to the Savior. Bartimaeus did so and approached Jesus, probably very nervous. Jesus spoke to him with great respect, something not often accorded blind men and beggars. He asked the man what he could do for him. Bartimaeus, no doubt having heard of the many miracles Jesus had performed... Read the rest of this entry »

Satan Tries to Tempt Jesus

Satan Tries to Tempt Jesus

Jesus Christ was taken into the wilderness by God to fast and pray. After forty days and nights of fasting, Satan came to Him and began trying to undo the Savior’s mission. He knew that if Jesus Christ sinned, He could not fulfill the role of Savior. Satan prefers to attack us where we are weakest. Knowing Jesus was hungry, he encouraged Jesus to turn some rocks into bread. Jesus responded by quoting scripture: “It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.” Next, the Spirit took Jesus to the pinnacle of the temple. This time he tried to use ego to get Jesus to sin. He said that if Jesus were really a God, he should throw himself down and trust the angels to catch him. He even quoted scripture to try to make it sound acceptable, but Jesus was not taken in. He knew scripture can be twisted for evil purposes. He quoted his own scripture, reminding Satan that we are not to tempt God. The Spirit then took Jesus to a high mountain.... Read the rest of this entry »

Jesus Calls Twelve Apostles

Jesus Calls Twelve Apostles

When Jesus organized His ministry, He chose twelve men to assist Him. These men were not chosen from the professional clergy or people who had any special training. They were ordinary people who had worked at non-religious careers prior to their call. Once called, they became full-time ministers of God. He found Peter and Andrew fishing, and said, “Follow me and I will make you fishers of men.” They promptly dropped their tools and followed Jesus, giving up their livelihood without question or taking time to think it over. He also found James and John on a boat, mending nets. They too immediately accepted the invitation and followed Jesus. Matthew was sitting at the receipt of customs, but he too followed Jesus. In all, Jesus chose twelve men from various walks of life. Jesus called them apostles and instructed them to take the gospel to the lost sheep, but not, for now, to the Gentiles or the Samaritans. They were taught to preach without passing a collection plate or taking a salary.... Read the rest of this entry »

Jesus Feeds the 5000: How God Meets Our Needs

Jesus Feeds the 5000: How God Meets Our Needs

When Jesus learned that His cousin and friend John the Baptist had been murdered, he grieved. He went by ship to a quiet place, hoping for privacy in which to cope with his grief, but the people, as always found Him. They longed to be taught by him, and Jesus, always compassionate and unselfish, put aside his grief to preach the gospel and to perform healings. That evening, the disciples suggested the people be sent away so they could get back to the villages to purchase dinner. However, Jesus said there was no need for them to leave. He was willing to continue serving them, so he asked his disciples to feed the people. The disciples pointed out there were about 5000 people and even if they were to buy food, it would take a great deal. Jesus asked if anyone had food and Andrew found a boy who had five loaves and two small fish. The boy was willing to share his small meal so Jesus blessed it. It easily fed all the people, giving them as much as they wanted a twelve baskets left over. Read... Read the rest of this entry »

Jesus Cleansed the Temple: Respect for Sacred Things

Jesus Cleansed the Temple: Respect for Sacred Things

Jesus Christ taught his people to have respect for sacred things. He instructed His followers not to cast pearls before swine or to mock those things that were sacred to God. One day he went to the temple, but found it was being used in inappropriate ways: 12 And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves, 13 And said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves (Matthew 21). Mormons (a nickname for members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) are among the few religions that still have temples. Jesus was often found worshipping in the temple and it was an essential part of His religious practice. This story in Matthew tells us the temple was not just an ordinary church building, but was a sacred place meant to be treated with respect. Read the rest of this entry »  Read More →

The Widow’s Mite

The Widow’s Mite

One day Jesus sat by the treasury watching people pay their tithing. The wealthy came and donated large amounts of money and many were probably impressed by the size of their donations. However, the person who attracted the Savior’s attention was not the wealthy with their large donations, but a widow with very little money, who donated only two mites, a very small amount of money. He was so impressed by her he called his disciples over to see her. He told them the others had donated, but she had given everything and that in reality, she had given far more than the wealthy had. Read the story of the widow’s mite in the Bible. When God places a value on what we have given, he looks at how much it really cost us to give it. A fair tithe, which constitutes ten percent according to the Bible, is a larger sacrifice for the poor than for the rich. For that reason, God provides greater blessings to those who make the greatest sacrifices. Read the rest of this entry »  Read More →

The New Testament Story of Zacchaeus

The New Testament Story of Zacchaeus

Zacchaeus was a tax collector. He was wealthy, a sinner, and much disliked by the people. However, when he learned that Jesus was coming into the area, he felt a desire to see this man he had heard so much about. There were many others who wanted to see him as well, and the streets were crowded. Zaccheus, who wasn’t very tall, was unable to see over the crowds. In desperation, he climbed a tree so he could look over the heads of the crowd. Finally, Jesus came. As he watched the man some knew to be the Savior, he was startled to hear Jesus call him by name. Jesus told Zacchaeus to come out of the tree because he—Jesus Christ Himself—was going to stay at his home that night. The crowds who heard the exchange were astonished. Of all the spiritual and moral people in the crowd, Jesus had chosen to take his meal and lodgings with a known sinner. Many probably didn’t understand why He would do such a thing. For some, it might even have been faith-challenging. For those who truly understand... Read the rest of this entry »

What Think Ye of Christ?

What Think Ye of Christ?

By Jan Mayer, a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints .  As a “Mormon woman,” Jan is a graduate of BYU and mother of five children. She has written for numerous publications,  including The Denver Post, The Villager and NorthStar. I worked in a small office area with a woman who had great disdain for members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (nicknamed “Mormons”). We had been briefly acquainted before she recommended me for a job. Although she knew I was a Mormon, she thought I had been deceived and that she could change my beliefs. When she learned that I was a devout Latter-day Saint (Mormon)—truly converted–she was appalled. When I asked where her information had come from, she told me she had taken classes at her church. Shocked, I told her that I couldn’t understand why one religion would teach against another—that it didn’t seem very Christ-like. She told me that the world needed to be aware of evil so the... Read the rest of this entry »

The Birth of Christ: Son of David, Son of Man, Son of God, Savior

The Birth of Christ:  Son of David, Son of Man, Son of God, Savior

Keith L. Brown is a convert to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and serves as a High Priest Group Leader in the Annapolis, Maryland Ward. The tiny babe who in Bethlehem’s manger lay was no ordinary child. Some people called Him the son of David. Others called Him the son of Joseph. The scriptures call Him the son of David, the son of Mary, the son of man, the Son of God. He whose name is Immanuel, meaning God is with us, was born to be the King of kings and the Lord of lords. This child was the promised Messiah – even Jesus the Christ, the Only Begotten Son of God. For hundreds of years prophecies had foretold the birth of a Messiah, and on that starry night in the city of David, the One who would fulfill those prophecies was born in a humble stable with a manger as His cradle. In the Book of Mormon, in 3 Nephi 1: 13 we read, “Lift up your head and be of good cheer; for behold, the time is at hand, and on this night shall the sign be given, and on the morrow... Read the rest of this entry »

Jesus Christ: He Sees Us, He Knows Us, He Loves Us

Jesus Christ: He Sees Us, He Knows Us, He Loves Us

Karen Trifiletti, MA is a Philadelphia-born convert to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, single mother of two, writer, and non-profit business professional. When my best efforts seem miniscule in standing as the Savior’s witness or in mothering my children, or in serving in the workplace, or in life in general, I am always reminded by the Savior, Jesus Christ, that they are not so in His eyes.  They matter to Him. My efforts, your efforts, our clumps of dandelion-deeds that we bring Him day by day, to please and glorify Him, are known to Him. and appreciated by Him. I feel that. I hope you feel that, and that if you don’t, you’ll dig deeper to find Him.  Jesus Christ, the Son of God, wants to be found. He wants you to know you are known by Him. As a Mother: Jesus Christ Knows and Sees Us I remember a time as a young mother of two, feeling the incessant demands–sometimes sweet, sometimes screechy–of little ones beckoning for food, shelter, stories,... Read the rest of this entry »