Come Follow Me - New Testament
We Have Come to Worship Him
January 14–20


Lesson Highlights

Scripture references for study:  Luke 2; Matthew 2
     Note: Underlined scripture references have been hyperlinked to the Scriptures at LDS.org.

Lesson Handout (PDF)


There Are Many Witnesses of the Birth of Christ

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)

Historical Note: Interesting articles on the date of the Savior's birth.

The Witnesses

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.


Parents Can Receive Revelation to Protect Their Families

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

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

Revelation is essential to guide and protect our families.


Even As a Youth, Jesus Was Focused on Doing His Father’s Will

WHAT DO WE KNOW ABOUT THE LIFE OF JESUS PRIOR TO HIS MINISTRY?

READ LUKE 2:41-45. Joseph and Mary return to Jerusalem to find the boy Jesus. READ LUKE 2:46-51. Jesus found in the temple.

 


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. How might we be better witnesses of Jesus Christ and His gospel plan?


Resources Used In This Lesson

General Conference

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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