The Promised Messiah

The Life and Teachings of Jesus and his Apostles, Instructor’s Guide (Rel 211–12), (2000), 11–12


Jesus was chosen from before the foundation of the world to be the Christ, the Anointed One, and his coming was heralded by all the prophets from the beginning.

Theme Analysis

  • A.

    Jesus was the firstborn spirit child of our eternal parents; and because he was like God in the pre-earth world, he was chosen as the Savior.

  • B.

    Acting under the Father’s direction, Jesus was the great Creator of the world, and he is the God of the Old Testament.

  • C.

    All the prophets of all the ages have identified the coming of Christ, the promised Messiah, as the greatest event of all time.

Study Sources

New Testament Reading Assignment

Luke 1:1-18; John 1:1-18; John 17:1-5

Course Manual

Chapter 2, “The Promised Messiah”

Standard Works

John 17:3-5, 24; 6:38, 51-58. In what way does Jesus testify of his premortal existence?

John 1:1, 2, 14; Colossians 1:14, 15. What further information do these references give concerning the Savior’s pre-earth life?

Revelation 13:8; 1 Peter 1:18-20. Jesus was the Lamb of God, slain from before the foundation of the world. Hebrews 1:1-9. Who is the Anointed One, who was foreordained from the beginning and called a God?

Abraham 3:22-26. Who was like unto God?

John 1:3, 10; Moses 1:31-35; 7:30. How vast are the creations of the Savior?

Exodus 3:1-16; 6:1-3; John 8:56-59. What is the significance of these passages as they relate to the godhood of Jesus?

1 Corinthians 10:1-10. Who was the God of ancient Israel?

1 Nephi 10:4, 5; Mosiah 3:4-10. Were the prophets specific in their predictions of the promised Messiah?

Jacob 7:9-11. How many of the prophets have testified of the coming of Christ?

Basic Library

A of F, pp. 465-73. Jesus, the firstborn of God, was and is Jehovah.

Teachings, p. 181. Jesus appointed as Savior of the world.

DS, 1:18-37. An overview of gospel doctrine about the Savior.

Bruce R. McConkie in

Apr. 1972, pp. 133-35. A powerful testimony of the position and importance of Christ.

Jesus the Christ, pp. 6-16. The premortal existence of Christ.

Additional Sources

Marion G. Romney, “Jesus Christ: Lord of the Universe,” Improvement Era, Nov. 1968, pp. 46-49.

Ensign (front inside cover), Dec. 1973. This scriptural study of the many names of the Savior gives a grand overview of his all-inclusive mission

Media Suggestions

Transparency, The Son of God Was Creator of All Things

Some Suggestions for Presentation

(Ideas Other Teachers Have Used)

Blackboard Presentation and Discussion

The teacher may wish to place a large picture of the Savior on the board with the scripture John 17:3, and then ask this question: Why is it so important to know the truth about Jesus? Following this, three main columns could be drawn under the picture as follows. A discussion of the scriptures with the students could be helpful. (The scriptures given are only a sampling, and the teacher may wish to add to or change them.)

John 17:3

Jesus’ Premortal Foreordination

Jesus, God of the Old Testament

Emmanuel-God with Us

Hebrews 1:1-9

Abraham 3:24-27


1 Corinthians 10: 1-9

Exodus 6:1-3

John 8:56-59


Matthew 1:23

Matthew 8:25-27


As we study the New Testament whom do we really learn about? (See John 20:27-31.)

Scripture and Transparency Exercise

Using the overhead transparencies (1, 2, 3, ) included in the media kit, the teacher might develop an interesting discussion of the role of the Savior as Creator. The teacher could have the students ponder Moses 1:31-33; then he could show and discuss transparencies 20, 32, and . (A review of President J. Reuben Clark’s talk “Who Is This Man That We Worship?” in section 1 of the course manual may also be appropriate.)