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John the Baptist: Witness of Christ’s Birth

What a marvelous scene it must have been--John, yet within his mother's womb, filled with the Holy Ghost and leaping for joy in an unspoken testimony of the divine sonship of the unborn child that Mary carried; Elisabeth greeting her cousin Mary in the spirit of...

Elizabeth: Witness of Christ’s Birth

As we read of John, that he would be "filled with the Holy Ghost, even from his mother's womb," it tells us something of the purity of the temple in which his body was housed (Luke 1:15). Indeed, Elizabeth was a prophetess in her own right. None could tell the story...

Zacharias: Witness of Christ’s Birth

Who, then, was this Zacharias to whom Gabriel appeared? He was a descendant of Abia (Hebrew, Abijah). His name meant "remembered of Jehovah." He was married to a woman named Elizabeth, whose fathers, like those of Zacharias, had also been priests (see Luke 1:5). Her...

Gabriel: Witness of Christ’s Birth

Properly, our first New Testament witness of the birth of Jesus Christ is a messenger from the presence of God. Appropriately, he makes his initial appearance in the temple to a faithful priest of the Aaronic order, one who is performing the ritual function in behalf...

Why Did Christ Suffer in Gethsemane?

Of all the questions we ponder concerning Gethsemane, why the Savior suffered there is perhaps that which has most baffled scholars and saints. The Gospel writers tell us what happened at that crucial site, but they do not clearly address the question of why. In an...

The How and the Why

To have any measure of appreciation and gratitude for what Jesus Christ accomplished in our behalf, we must remember these vital truths: Jesus Christ came to earth to do our Father's will. He came with a foreknowledge that He would bear the burden of the sins of us...

Our Desperate Needs

In the midst of our mortal predicament we have needs, even desperate needs. The first is for a mentor, an exemplar, one who has been over not just a similar road but an even far worse one. A person who can show us what we have it in us to do and to become. One who is...

An Empty Sacrament Table

One Sunday morning our teenage son stood with two other priests to administer the sacrament, as they had done on many prior occasions. They pulled back the white cloth, but to their dismay there was no bread. One of them slipped out to the preparation room in hopes...

Jesus Christ Paid the Debt

After the fall of Adam . . . there was no way nor means by which man could be raised from the grave except through the death of the Divine One. A great and eternal law had been violated, and it required the death of a God, really, to atone for the broken law and to...

The Means of Escape

A man walking along the road happens to fall into a pit so deep and dark that he cannot climb to the surface and regain his freedom. How can he save himself from his own folly? Not by an exertions on his own part, for there is no means of escape in the pit.  He calls...

Why Did God Abandon Jesus on the Cross?

Matthew and Mark, the only Gospels that record this incident in detail, note that Jesus Christ felt forsaken by God without explaining why (see Matthew 26: 46; Mark 15:34). Later, commentators began to explore the imponderable; suggesting a variety of explanations why...

Touched with the Feeling of Our Infirmities

It was necessary, when the Savior was upon the earth, that he should be tempted in all points, like unto us, and "be touched with the feeling of our infirmities," to comprehend the weaknesses and strength, the perfections and imperfections of poor fallen human nature...

Was Jesus’ tomb empty?

The four Gospels are consistent in their report that some of Jesus’ disciples found his tomb empty on the first day of the week (see Matthew 28:6; Mark 16:6; Luke 24:3; and John 20:1-2). No one during the first or second centuries suggested that Jesus Christ had not...

What does BC and AD have to do with Jesus?

The most popular calendar in use throughout the world today is known as the Gregorian or Western calendar established in 1582. It is based on the assumption that Jesus Christ was born on the year 1. Those years before the birth of Jesus are designated as BC and those...

Why did Jesus leave Nazareth?

The Gospels provide some possible hints why Jesus left the village of his youth as he began his ministry. Jesus Christ was associated with Nazareth through his entire ministry. Even at the end, Pilate placed above his cross a sign, “Jesus of Nazareth the King of the...

Why did Jesus astonish people?

The Gospels often describe people's reactions to Jesus Christ as being “astonished” or “amazed” (Mark 1:22, 27). Generally, people would not have been able to distinguish Jesus from other first century Jewish men based simply on his physical appearance as he began his...

What Did Jesus Teach About Prayer?

The New Testament authors, who provide the earliest reliable information about Jesus of Nazareth, noted that Jesus Christ often prayed during his life, especially at critical points in his ministry (Luke 5:16; 9:28). Additionally, the Gospels also provide information...

The Enabling Power of the Atonement

In the October 1995 general conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (sometimes known as The 'Mormon' Church), President Boyd K. Packer, [modern apostle], said: [Except for] the very few who defect to perdition, there is no habit, no addiction, no...

Does Christ Himself Know When He Will Come?

The question comes up occasionally, perhaps because of what is stated in the gospel of Mark: "Heaven and earth shall pass away; but my words shall not pass away. But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but...

What is the Second Coming?

Jesus Christ came to earth as a mortal being in the meridian of time. He taught the gospel, bestowed divine authority, organized the Church, and suffered and died as an infinite atoning sacrifice for the sins of the world. He stated that He would come again, would...

What Did Jesus Teach About the Law of Moses?

The New Testament portrays Joseph and Mary, the mother of Jesus Christ, as observant Jews (Luke 2:22-24). Luke reveals that Jesus was raised according to the customs of the people (Luke 2:41-42). We assume, therefore, that Jesus observed the Law of Moses as an...

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