New Testament
Lesson 3
Unto You Is Born … a Saviour


Lesson Highlights

A study of this lesson will encourage us to rejoice in the birth of Jesus Christ and follow the example he set in his youth, “[increasing] in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man” (Luke 2:52).

Scripture references for study:  Luke 2; Matthew 2
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Lesson 3 Handout (PDF format)


Jesus Christ Is Born

"And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed." (Luke 2:1)

"And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city." (Luke 2:3)

"And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:) to be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child." (Luke 2:4-5)

"And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn." (Luke 2:6)

Resource Note 1:  The real date of Jesus' birth.


Angels & Many Others Rejoice At Jesus' Birth

READ LUKE 2:8-14. The angelic announcement to the shepherds.

After this glorious manifestation, the shepherds went to Bethlehem to see the new born Jesus.

"But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart." (Luke 2:19)

"And when eight days were accomplished for the circumcising of the child, his name was called JESUS, which was so named of the angel before he was conceived in the womb." (Luke 2:21)

Sometime after the days of Mary's purification were completed the Holy family went to the temple in Jerusalem.

READ MATTHEW 2:1-2. The wise men from the east.

READ MATTHEW 2:13-18. Jesus goes to Egypt.

READ MATTHEW 2:19-23. The return to Israel.


Gospel Doctrine Notebook

What a magnificent pattern and example Jesus Christ has set for us. Our goal is to become perfect, even as our "Father which is in heaven is perfect." Jesus has laid out the plan and set the example. He came down to earth, was born in the humblest of circumstances, and learned and continued from "grace to grace." We often become frustrated because we feel that there is so much that we need to do to comply with the gospel and all of the commandments. We need to follow the example of the child Jesus by becoming meek and submissive and continue from grace to grace. We are not required to run, before we learn to walk. "For he will give unto the faithful line upon line, precept upon precept, and I will try you and prove you herewith" (D&C 98:12).

Record your thoughts on the remarkable events of the Savior's birth.


Resources Used In This Lesson

Jesus the Christ by James E. Talmage.

Life & Teachings of Jesus & His Apostles.

The Gospel Kingdom by John Taylor.

The Mortal Messiah: From Bethlehem to Calvary, Volume 1, by Bruce R. McConkie.

 

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