Presentation on theme: "-Students tell everything they can recall about John the Baptist -Matthew 11:9-11Christs endorsement of John; see Elder McConkies comments…What made him."— Presentation transcript:
-Students tell everything they can recall about John the Baptist -Matthew 11:9-11Christs endorsement of John; see Elder McConkies comments…What made him so great? Matthew 3:1-6,11; John 3:25-31 -Best man analogy: A true best man doesnt get between the Groom and his bride; does all he can to make the marriage happen and go smoothly; by being an Elias for Christ, we can be the best man possible; for how many people have we played the part of Elias (best man) between them and Christ
Few prophets rank with John the Baptist. Among other things, his ministry was foretold by Lehi (1 Ne. 10:7–10), Nephi (1 Ne. 11:27; 2 Ne. 31:4–18), and Isaiah (Isa. 40:3); Gabriel came down from the courts of glory to announce Johns coming birth (Luke 1:5– 44); he was the last legal administrator, holding keys and authority under the Mosaic dispensation (D. & C. 84:26–28); his mission was to prepare the way before, baptize, and acclaim the divine Sonship of Christ (John 1); and in modern times, on the 15th of May, 1829, he returned to earth as a resurrected being to confer the Aaronic Priesthood upon Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery. ([Joseph SmithHistory 1:66–75]; D. & C. 13.) (McConkie, Mormon Doctrine, p. 393.)
Groups of 3 Review Matthew 4:1-11 (dont forget the JSTsthere are seven of them in these verses) Share insights about how the JSTs really change the way the story reads (why Jesus went to the wilderness, the means by which He was taken to each location, the angels) Share insights about dealing with temptation and lessons learned from the Saviors example
Jesus did not go into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil; righteous men do not seek out temptation. He went to be with God. Probably he was visited by the Father; without question he received transcendent spiritual manifestations. The temptations came after he had communed with God, after forty days. The same was true in the case of Moses. He communed with God, saw the visions of eternity, and was then left unto himself to be tempted of the devil. After resisting temptation he again communed with Deity, gaining further light and revelation. (McConkie, DNTC, 1:128; see also Mosiah 3:7.)
Now, nearly every temptation that comes to you and me comes in one of those forms. Classify them, and you will find that under one of those three nearly every given temptation that makes you and me spotted, ever so little maybe, comes to us as (1) a temptation of the appetite; (2) a yielding to the pride and fashion and vanity of those alienated from the things of God; or (3) a gratifying of the passion, or a desire for the riches of the world, or power among men. (David O. McKay in CR, Oct. 1911, p. 59.)
John 2:1-11 -be sure to read the JST footnote for v.4 -1 firkin= approximately 9 U.S. gallons; therefore Jesus converted between 108 and 162 gallons of water to wine! -the six waterpots were purification pots! -the wine Jesus made from dirty water was better than the other wine that had been served (v. 10) -Is there anything parabolic or instructive about this miracle? Significance of this as the first miracle? (v. 11)
Students turn to John 2:13-17 What happened? Was Jesus ticked off? Was this the only time He did this? (Matt. 21:12-14) Is there any indication in the text that He did not fly off the handle in a fit of rage in his temple cleansings? What might be a circumstance where the most Christian act we can perform is a little temple cleansing, putting welts on peoples behinds? What can the taking of time to make a scourge of small cords between the observation of the sin and the handing out of punishment teach us about our temple cleansing operations?