Personal Study of Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ, Miracles - Hearken

  • Hearken - to listen; to give respectful attention
  • “Moving your mountains may require a miracle. Learn about miracles. Miracles come according to your faith in the Lord. (Pres Russell M. Nelson - Christ Is Risen; Faith in Him Will Move Mountains)
  • What do I need to do to have a miracle? Light the match
    • 1-Be Meek and lowly of heart → faith → hope → confess Jesus is the Christ → charity - pure love of Christ (Moroni 7:43)
      • charity suffereth long, and is kind, and envieth not, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil, beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things (Moroni 7:45)
      • What was the state of mind of
        • the Israelites who looked at the brazen serpent? Numbers 21:6-9. Where the lowly in heart - wandering in the wilderness, bitten by snakes and remorseful about murmuring to God?
        • Widow woman of Zarephath (Luke 4:25-26; 1 Kings 17:8-16)
          • “And she said, As the Lord thy God liveth, I have not a cake, but an handful of meal in a barrel, and a little oil in a cruse: and, behold, I am thatering two sticks, that I may go in and dress it for me and my son, that we may eat it, and die.”
          • Light the match
    • 2-Trust God in his How, not my How.
      • This is the hard part 1) to fish in a barren sea that I fished all night, 2) go and wash in Jordan seven times when there are better rivers and thinking Elisha would come and rebuke my leporsy, 3) to give my last meal and oil to Elisha, 4) ask God to take away the poisons snakes but instead provided a different How - look at the Brazen Serpent even when you blame God for your trials
      • But, if you can surrender your will to God's, give up your How, you get a better How, and that is what Jesus' first miracle of turning water to wine is trying to teach us John 2:10 “Every man at the beginning doth set forth good wine; and when men have well drunk, then that which is worse: but thou has kept the good wind until now. This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee…
    • 3-Do it - obedience to God
    • Is the miracle caused by the event (clay used to anoint the blind man's eyes, clay pots they turned water to wine, brazen serpent on a pole, 5 barley loaves and 2 small fishes, etc.) or is it a result of obedience to Jesus?
  • Background
    • Miracles occur when we do what Jesus says
    • Faith (heed Jesus, some small act, light the match) → Miracle (access to Power of God, huge fire)
    • No faith → No Miracle
  • “There is a lad here, which hath five barley loaves, and two small fishes: but what are they among so many?” (John 6:9)
    • “And Jesus said, Make the men sit down…in number about five thousand” (John 6:10)
    • “Jesus took the loaves; and when he had given thanks, he distributed to the disciples, and the disciples to them that were set down; and likewise of the fishes as much as they would” (John 6:11)
    • Jesus feed 5000
  • D&C 63:5 “I, the Lord, utter my voice, and it shall be obeyed”

Man born blind

  • What was his problem/pain?
    • He was physically blind and spent his time where he “sat and begged” (John 9:8)
    • His mental state was basically a hopeless dark present and future
    • His spiritual state - He had a stigma - a mark of disgrace, where the prevailing thought of the people believed he was a sinner or a least his family and that was why he was born blind
  • What was his How?
    • I would venture to say he gave up on life, where the darkness prevails. Hopeless Dark present and future, Incorrect Thinking, unable to see clearly - I was born blind because I believe either I sinned or my parents, it doesn't matter
  • What was Jesus How? It's a better!
    • Physical miracle - my sight restored
    • Mental miracle - I have my life restored, I can now add value to society by providing a service to others in exchange for money. I am more than this broken man which you see. I don't have to be defined by profession (begger), possessions (money) or physical appearance (blind). I am defined by who I am, my BE - a follower/disciple of Jesus, a recipient of God's miracle.
    • Spiritual miracle - my stigma was removed, I'm was not born blind because of some payback for bad choices.
    • I found my God - “Dost thou believe on the Son of God?” (John 9:35) “Lord, I believe. And he worshipped him.” (John 9:38)
    • I know the secret to miracles - ”…any man be a worshipper of God, and doeth his will, him he heareth.” (John 9:31)
  • Was the miracle the event?
    • “…he spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and he anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay, And said unto him, Go wash in the pool of Siloam, (which is by interpretation, Sent.) He went his way therefore, and washed, and came seeing.”
    • The event miracle was it the spit of Jesus, or the clay or the water at the pool of Siloam? No
    • The miracle was being obedient to Jesus - do whatsoever he saith.
  • How liberating - one moment the shame of being identified as a sinner and resorting to begging, to the next moment being able to see and realize that I am more than this broken image you see me, I am recipient of God's miracle and I know the key how to have of the power of Jesus Christ in my life daily.
  • Go, wash in the pool of Siloam…He went his way therefore, and washed and came seeing (John 9:7)
    • “…if any man be a worshipper of God, and doeth his will, him he heareth.” (John 9:31)
  • “And he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him.” (John 8:29)
  • “If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; Any ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” (John 8:31-32)
  • “If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine…” (John 7:17)
  • Healing the Bling
  • Healing Man Born Blind

Man with infirmity 38 years - Wilt thou be made whole?

  • What was the impotent man's How to get the miracle? whosoever then first after the troubling of the water stepped in was made whole
  • What was Jesus How? John 5:8 Rise, take up thy bed, and walk
  • Pool of Bethesda by Carl Bloch

Naaman the Syrian

  • What was Naaman's How?
  • What was Elisha's How? Go and wash in Jordan seven times
  • Naaman washed clean
  • Jesus at the Door

Brazen Serpent

Jesus Not Following

  • Christ and the Rich Young Ruler

Jesus Compassion

    • verse 11 - And, behold, there was a woman which had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bowed together, and could in no wise lift up herself.
    • verse 12 - And when Jesus saw her, he called her to him, and said unto her, Woman, thou art loosed from thine infirmity.
    • verse 13 - And he laid his hands on her: and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God.
    • verse 14 - And the ruler of the synagogue answered with indignation, because that Jesus had healed on the sabbath day, and said unto the people, There are six days in which men ought to work: in them therefore come and be healed, and not on the sabbath day.
    • verse 15 - The Lord then answered him, and said, Thou hypocrite, doth not each one of you on the sabbath loose his ox or his ass from the stall, and lead him away to watering?
    • verse 16 - And ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan hath bound, lo, these eighteen years, be loosed from this bound on the sabbath day?
    • verse 17 - And when he had said these things, all his adversaries were ashamed: and all the people rejoiced for all the glorious things that were done by him.
    • Woman Who Had An Infirmity 18 Years by James Tissot
  • “He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him.” (John 6:56)
    • Jesus Sacrament
  • “And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.” (John 6:35)
  • “…Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink” (John 7:37)
  • “…woman taken in adultery…” (John 8:3) “…Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.” (John 8:11)

Jesus Christ, Forgiveness

  • Forgiveness is an act of faith
  • Forgiveness is to completely give away the pain
  • Repentance is for pain I caused others and forgiveness is for pain others caused me
  • D&C 64:1-11
    • ver 7 - “…verily I say unto you, I, the Lord, forgive sins unto those who confess their sins before me and ask forgiveness…”
      • Am I holding people hostage for past mistakes?
      • Am I denying people access to forgiveness and the atonement of Jesus Christ, standing in the way between them and God?
      • Do I believe your badness is greater than Jesus goodness
      • We come to this world to learn and grow which requires making mistakes
    • ver 9 - “…ye ought to forgive one another; for he that forgiveth not his brother his trespasses standeth condemned before the Lord; for there remaineth in him the greater sin.”
      • Matt 18:23-35 parable 10,000 talents
        • Verse 35 - 35 So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts aforgive not every one his brother their trespasses.
        • Unmerciful Servant

24-Jesus Christ, Good Shepherd

  • Christ Shepherd Lambs Lost by Del Parson
  • The Good Shepherd by James Tissot
  • What is True?
    • If I hearken [listen, to give respectful attention] to Jesus I will be blessed with the abundant life
      • John 10:14-16 “And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.”
      • John 10:10 “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
      • John 10:11 “I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.”
      • Mosiah 26:21 “And he that will hear my voice shall be my sheep; and him shall ye receive into the church, and him will I also receive.”

Jesus Christ, Light of the World

  • D&c 63:23 “But unto him that keepeth my commandments I will give the mysteries of my kingdom, and the same shall be in him a well of living water, springing up unto everlasting life.”

Jesus Christ, Do It

  • Do It = Obedience, Obedient, Obey
  • John 2:5 “His mother saith unto the servants, Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it.”
  • John 7:17 “If any man will do his will, he shall know…”
  • Abr 3:17 “…there is nothing that the Lord thy God shall take in his heart to do but what he will do it
  • Luke 9:23 take up cross daily
  • Carl Bloch - Changing Water Into Wine

Jesus Christ, Hear Him

  • “Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word.” (John 8:43)

Jesus Christ, Living Water

  • Jesus and Women at Well

Jesus Christ, Meekness

  • Matt 11:29 - Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
  • Mormon said a man “cannot have faith and hope, save he shall be meek, and lowly of heart” (Moroni 7:43)
  • Elder Bednar - Meek and Lowly of Heart
    • obedient/righteous responsiveness - John 2:5 “His mother saith unto the servants, Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it.”
    • willing submissiveness - Luke 22:42 not my will but thine be done
    • strong self-restraint - Jesus healing ear of his captors
  • “Being meek does not mean weakness, but it does mean behaving with goodness and kindness, showing strength, serenity, healthy self-worth, and self-control.” Ulisses Soares, Be Meek and Lowly of Heart, Liahona, Nov. 2013, 9.
  • 1 Peter 3:15 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:
  • Meekness shown by the Savior - the greatest of all is doing the task of servants, things that are below Him, so he can be part of us.
  • Luke 22:26-27 But ye shall not be so: but he that is greatest among you, let him be as the younger; and he that is chief, as he that doth serve. For whether is greater, he that sitteth at meat, or he that serveth? is not he that sitteth at meat? but I am among you as he that serveth.
    • Jesus Washing the Apostles' Feet
    • What Our Lord Saw From the Cross by James Tissot

Jesus and Heavenly Father

  • ”…I am not come of myself, but he that sent me is true, whom ye know not. But I know him: for I am from him, and he hath sent me.“ (John 7:28-29)
  • “And he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him.” (John 8:29)

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