“What are a broken heart and a contrite spirit? And why are they
considered a sacrifice?
“As in all things, the Savior’s life
offers us the perfect example: though Jesus of Nazareth was utterly without
sin, He walked through life with a broken heart and a contrite spirit, as
manifested by His submission to the will of the Father. ‘For I came
down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent
me’ (John 6:38). To His disciples He said, ‘Learn of me; for I am
meek and lowly in heart’ (Matthew 11:29). And when the time came to pay
the ultimate sacrifice entailed in the Atonement, Christ shrank not to
partake of the bitter cup but submitted completely to His Father’s
Topics: humility, sacrifice, Jesus Christ, example,
(Bruce D. Porter, “A Broken Heart and a Contrite Spirit,” Ensign, Nov. 2007, 31 32)
His earthly life covered a period of thirty-three years; and of these but three were spent by Him as an acknowledged Teacher openly engaged in the activities of public ministry. He was brought to a violent death before he had attained what we now regard as the age of manhood’s prime. As an individual He was personally known to but a few; and His fame as a world character became general only after His death. Nevertheless, man never lived of whom more has been said and sung, none to whom is devoted a greater proportion of the world’s literature. He is extolled by Christian, Mohammedan, and Jew, by skeptic and infidel, by the world’s greatest poets, philosophers, statesmen, scientists, and historians. Even the profane sinner in the foul sacrilege of his oath acclaims the divine supremacy of Him whose name he desecrates.— from Jesus the Christ by James E. Talmage
” The atonement of Christ is so great in its effects and so far-reaching in its consequences that it easily qualifies as the most important occurrence in time or in all eternity. Nothing ever has or ever will surpass it in significance. Nothing is greater in the entire universe or in the history of created things than Christ’s atonement. The atonement of Christ is infinite in time, space, and quantity – infinite in scope and eternal duration. All death is answered; every creature under the Savior’s dominion is resurrected. All sin is compensated for; every combination of sins is covered. The Atonement goes beyond personal sin to include disappointment, sorrow, and suffering caused by the sins of others. It even extends to the sickness and infirmities we must bear just because we are mortal. It was made by a being who was God before he came to earth, who was the Son of God on earth and who will be God eternally and endlessly.”
–Gethsemane by Andrew C. Skinner (pages 11 & 12)——————————
New web site about Jesus Christ…
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has a new web site where everyone can witness for themselves what the LDS Church believes in concerning our Savior, Jesus Christ. He plays an essential role in all of our lives, and this is a wonderful site to share with all the world regarding our love for Him.
The Prophet Joseph Smith
was often asked, “What are the fundamental principles of your religion?”“The fundamental principles of our religion are the testimony of the Apostles and Prophets, concerning Jesus Christ, that He died, was buried, and rose again the third day, and ascended into heaven; and all other things which pertain to our religion are only appendages to it.”To learn more about the Lord Jesus Christ, visit JesusChrist.lds.org—
Since reading the book many years ago entitled Jesus the Christ
by James E. Talmage
, I have been interested in learning about the earthly family of Jesus Christ.Jesus of Nazareth had four brothers, or more correctly, half-brothers, and at least two half- sisters, so He came from a rather large family. In both Matthew and Mark of the New Testament, the brother named James is written first when listing the four brothers of Christ. By being written first, we can assume then that James was the oldest of the brothers of Jesus. That being said, then James, the brother of Jesus, knew Jesus Christ longest on this earth – other than His mother, Mary. More is known about James than any of the other brothers of Jesus.What must have it been like to grow up with an older brother that was perfect in all ways? Jesus never sinned, therefor, He never did anything wrong. Children were no different in the days of Christ than they are today. I am almost certain that Jesus was ridiculed and made fun of by the other children – including His own brothers. We can only yearn for a glimpse into the home life of that family, but all we know is that James seems not to have accepted him as the Messiah until after his resurrection, according to the Gospel of John.After Christ’s resurrection, He sought out His brother James, and James repented and became a devout believer in the Messiah and a powerful leader in the early church. In his letter to the Galatian
saints, Paul refers to James, the Lord’s brother, as an apostle. Many scholars believe that it was James, the brother of Jesus, who wrote the epistle of James. It is interesting to note that in that epistle, James does not refer to himself as the brother of the Lord but as his servant, “James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ.”I am certain that Jesus dealt with his siblings in their early childhood years as He always dealt with people – with love and kindness. Perhaps that is one of the reasons that the four brothers of Jesus became believers after His resurrection and followed after Him all the remaining days of their lives.
I believe that there is a lesson here for all of us.