Chapter 11: The Life of Jesus Christ

"Chapter 11: The Life of Jesus Christ," Part Four: Our Savior, Jesus Christ, ()


Jesus Christ is the only person who can lead us back to our Heavenly Father. What do you know about Him?

Many People Waited with Great Desire for the Coming of Jesus Christ

Jesus offered to be our Savior. He said He would come to earth to show us how to return to our Father in Heaven. Many people who lived before Jesus was born believed He would come to be their Savior. They looked forward to His coming. They knew He could save them from being punished forever for their sins.

All the prophets who lived before Jesus was born told the people He would come. Our Father in Heaven sent an angel to tell Adam that Jesus would come to earth.

Many years before Jesus was born, a prophet named Isaiah saw in a vision that Jesus would suffer to pay for our sins. Isaiah said people would hate and reject Jesus and Jesus would feel great sorrow.

Nephi, a prophet about whom we read in the Book of Mormon, saw the things Jesus would do. Nephi saw these things many years before Jesus was born. He saw the baby Jesus in His mother’s arms. An angel told Nephi the baby was the Son of our Father in Heaven.

We read about a prophet named Benjamin in the Book of Mormon. He told the people Jesus would soon come to the earth. Benjamin told them Jesus would heal the sick, make the lame walk, make the blind see, and make the deaf hear. He would also cast out evil spirits and bring dead people back to life. Benjamin said Jesus would teach the people to love our Father in Heaven and love each other.

All the prophets who lived after Jesus was born have told us He did come. Without Jesus Christ, the plan of our Father in Heaven would have failed.

Discussion

  • Why did Jesus offer to come to earth?

  • Who were some of the prophets who testified that He would come?

The Birth of Jesus Brought Great Joy to the World

Jesus was born in the little town called Bethlehem. Angels sang when He was born because they were very happy. A new star appeared in the sky. Shepherds and wise men went to see and worship Him. Many people all over the world still celebrate His birth.

Jesus was different from any other child ever born. The Father of Jesus was our Father in Heaven. Our Father in Heaven was not only the Father of Jesus’ spirit but also the Father of His body of flesh and bones. Jesus received power from His Father that other people do not have. People could not take His life unless He allowed them to take it. After He died, He had power to make His body become alive again.

The mother of Jesus was Mary. She was a pure young woman who lived almost 2,000 years ago in a town called Nazareth. While she was a young virgin, not yet married, an angel from our Father in Heaven came to her. The angel told her that she would be the mother of Jesus Christ. The angel told her that our Father in Heaven would be the Father of Jesus. No man on earth would be His Father.

The angel also came to the man whom Mary was going to marry. The man was named Joseph. The angel told Joseph the child who would be born would be the Son of our Father in Heaven and not the son of any man on earth. The angel told him he should marry Mary. So Joseph and Mary were married. After Jesus was born, Joseph cared for Him as if Jesus were his own son.

Since His mother was mortal, Jesus could feel hunger, thirst, and pain, and He could die.

Discussion

  • How do we know that the birth of Jesus was an important event?

  • What powers did Jesus receive from His Father?

  • What things did Jesus feel because He had an earthly mother?

Jesus Came to Teach Us His Gospel

Jesus Was Sinless

Jesus was sinless. He did everything our Father in Heaven wanted Him to do. Jesus grew in the same way as other children grow. As He grew, He gained wisdom. He had the power of our Father in Heaven.

By the time Jesus was 12 years old, He knew He had been sent to do the things our Father in Heaven wanted Him to do. He knew He had a special work to do on earth.

One day He went with Mary and Joseph to Jerusalem. When Mary and Joseph were returning home, they saw that Jesus was not with them. They went back to Jerusalem to look for Him. After three days they found Him in the temple, talking with the wise men and answering their questions. Everyone who heard Him was surprised He knew so much and could answer their questions. Joseph and Mary were happy to find Him, but they were unhappy He had not stayed with them. Jesus told them it was because He had to do His Father in Heaven’s work.

Jesus Was Baptized*

When Jesus was 30 years old, He went to John the Baptist to be baptized. John thought he should not baptize Jesus, because Jesus had never sinned. But Jesus told John to baptize Him. Jesus wanted to obey all of our Father in Heaven’s commandments. John baptized Jesus, putting Him completely under the water and raising Him up again. When Jesus was baptized, our Father in Heaven spoke from heaven and said that Jesus was His Son and that He, our Father in Heaven, was very happy with Him. The Holy Ghost also came to Jesus when He was baptized.

Satan Tempted Jesus

After Jesus was baptized, He went to a desert to be alone and to fast and pray. After Jesus had fasted for 40 days, Satan came and tempted Him. Satan knew that if he could cause Jesus to commit one sin, Jesus would not be able to do the things He had been sent to do. Then the plan of our Father in Heaven would fail.

Jesus resisted all the temptations of Satan. Finally, He told Satan to leave. After Satan left, angels came and visited Jesus.

Jesus Taught Us to Love Our Father in Heaven and to Love One Another

After He had resisted Satan, Jesus began to teach the people. One reason He came to earth was to teach us the way we should live.

Jesus taught that we should love our Father in Heaven with all our heart, mind, and strength. He taught that we should also love other people as much as we love ourselves. We should also forgive and serve other people. Jesus showed us how to do these things. He showed His love for our Father in Heaven by doing everything our Father in Heaven asked Him to do.

Jesus Loved All People

Jesus had love for everyone. He healed the sick. He made the blind see and the lame walk. He took little children in His arms and blessed them.

Jesus showed love for those who had sinned. He taught them to be sorry for their sins and not sin anymore. Jesus even loved those who killed Him. He prayed to our Father in Heaven for them. Jesus taught that we should love one another as He has loved us.

Discussion

  • What are some of the things we can do to show our Father in Heaven we love Him?

  • What are some of the things we can do for others to show our love for them?

Jesus Organized a Church

Jesus wanted all people to know the way to return to our Father in Heaven. His way is called the gospel. Jesus organized a church so all people could learn the gospel.

Jesus chose twelve men, called Apostles, to lead the Church. They would teach people the gospel after He went back to heaven. Jesus gave the Twelve Apostles the authority to represent Him. They could teach the gospel to all people and baptize them. They could choose others to help teach the gospel and do all the things He wanted done.

Discussion

  • Why did Jesus choose the Twelve Apostles?

When We Learn about Jesus, We Understand What a Great Person He Is

Jesus helped each of us by showing us how to live. When we learn to be like Him, we learn to do the things that make us happy. We can also learn the things that will help us return to heaven to live with our Father in Heaven.

When we know that Jesus loves us, we feel peace. We feel safe and unafraid. We know we can depend upon Him to be our leader. We know that He understands our problems. His teachings help us to overcome our problems. When we understand all that Jesus has done for us, our love for Him increases. Our love for Him makes us want to obey Him. We look forward to the time when we can be with Him.

Discussion

  • How does learning about Jesus help us?

  • How do you feel as you learn about Jesus?

References

Many People Waited with Great Desire for the Coming of Jesus Christ

The Birth of Jesus Brought Great Joy to the World

Jesus Came to Teach Us His Gospel

When We Learn about Jesus, We Understand What a Great Person He Is

  • Matthew, Mark, Luke, John (The life and teachings of Jesus.)