Saturday, September 27, 2014

Proclaim the Gospel to the World

In John 1:29 John calls Jesus “the Lamb of God” and says that he will take way the sin of the world. Later in verse 36 he repeats, “Behold the Lamb of God!”

This is a chart listing individuals reviewing the individuals who came in contact with Jesus Christ, how they learned about Him, and what they did after they met Him. This is taken from John 1:35-51 and Matthew 4:17-25.

How they learned about Jesus Christ
What they did after they met Jesus Christ
Two Disciples of John the Baptist (Andrew was one)
John told them of Jesus. He told them that he was the Lamb of God.
After they heard Him speak they followed Him.
Simon Peter
His brother Andrew told him that they had found the Christ.

Jesus found him and said “Follow me.”
He followed and recruited others
Philip told him they had found the one the prophets did write about, Jesus of Nazareth.
He admitted that he was the Son of God, and he followed him.
Andrew and Peter
The Lord saw them fishing and told them to follow him.
They dropped their nets and followed him.
James and John
Jesus called unto them
They left their ship and their father and followed him.

Nathanael showed his belief in Jesus by telling him that he believed he was the Son of God, and he followed him.

The apostles that left their fishing boats immediately to follow Jesus showed that they believed serving the Lord was more important than serving themselves.

Andrew and Philip were great examples of sharing the light with others because not only did they drop what they were doing to follow Jesus, but they recruited others to follow Jesus as well.

In 1 Nephi 8:12 the principle is that after I partake of the blessings of the gospel I should share it with those I love because who doesn't want to share the most important things in life with those they love.
In Mosiah 28:3-4 the sons of Mosiah wanted to share the gospel with every creature after they learned the truth because they could not bear the idea that any human soul should perish. This is the same principle as stated in 1 Nephi 8:12.
In Doctrine and Covenants 88:81 it tells us that after we have been warned we need to warn others. Again, this is the same principle.

When I was younger I was much better at sharing the gospel with others. I proclaimed it boldly to everyone I knew, which was easy and fun for me, as I lived in a predominantly non-LDS community. I brought my friends to church and even brought missionaries to their homes, and in some cases my friends met with the missionaries in my own home. I have definitely fallen away from this, it must be because I am older and let the fear of rejection, or offending others take over. I need to focus more on sharing the gospel with others and follow in the path of my missionary ancestors. It is an honor and a privilege to be a part of this Church and to know the truth of the gospel. I share it with my family and need to branch out to others again.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Rejoicing the Birth of John the Baptist (Luke 1:5-80)

Zacharias was a priest during the days of King Herod. His wife was Elisabeth. They were both righteous and did what God would have them do. They had no children and were both old when the Angel Gabriel appeared to Zacharias to tell him that Elisabeth would have a son. Zacharias was also told that many would rejoice at the birth of his son. (Luke 1:14)

Why would so many people rejoice at the birth of a baby? Was it because Zacharias and Elisabeth were beyond child baring years? I’m sure this was a reason for Zacharias and Elisabeth to rejoice, but the birth of this baby would actually help change the world, he would be a big part of history.

When John was born Elisabeth’s neighbors and family did rejoice with her because the Lord had showed her great mercy.  They did not even know that they were about to rejoice even more. When the time came to name the baby everyone wanted his name to be Zacharias after his father, when Elisabeth protested and said that his name was John they turned to Zacharias, who had been mute since the beginning of the pregnancy because of his disbelief he confirmed in writing that the baby’s name was to be John. As soon as he wrote this he was given back the ability to speak and the people were astonished, having witnessed a miracle! They knew that the Lord was with him. (vs 66)

People would rejoice John the Baptist’s birth because he would prepare the way for the Lord. He would only do what the Lord would ask, remaining faithful, losing himself in the service of the Lord. The Holy Ghost would be with him and he would turn the hearts and souls of many to the Lord. He would also baptize many, including our Savior. He even had two members of the twelve as disciples before they met Jesus. He did not respond with jealousy when others left him to follow Jesus, but rather new that this was his purpose. His mission was to prepare the way for the Lord and to baptize the Savior of the world, which he did.

  •  Vs 15. He would be great in the sight of the Lord
  • Vs 15. He would not drink wine or strong drink
  • Vs 15. He would be filled with the Holy Ghost, even from the womb. In vs 41 when Mary came to Elisabeth John leaped in her womb, because he knew the Lord was near. Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost.
  • Vs 16. He would turn many children to the Lord.
  •  Vs 17. He would have the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children.
  • Vs 17. He could turn the disobedient to the wisdom of the just
  • Vs 17 and 76. He would prepare the people to meet their Lord
  • Vs 77. Give people knowledge of salvation by the remission of their sins
  • Vs 79. Guide his people to peace
  •  Bible Dictionary – He would baptize Jesus.
  •  Bible Dictionary – He would baptize others.
  •  Bible Dictionary – At least two members of the twelve were disciples of John before they met Jesus.
  • Bible Dictionary – His mission was to prepare the way for the Lord and to baptize the Savior of the world.