Friday, September 9, 2011

The Savior's Earthly Ministry

In the centuries preceding Christ's birth, the world had again fallen away from the truth of the gospel.  When Christ came to earth, he again established His church and taught His gospel.  He gave us an example of how to live.  Most importantly, he suffered and died for our sins and was resurrected on the third day.

At the beginning of His ministry Christ was baptized of John, who had the authority to do so. (Matthew 3:13-15)

Christ went and called twelve men whom He ordained as His Apostles.  He gave them priesthood power and authority to teach His gospel and establish His church. (see: John 15:16; Matthew 10:1; Luke 9:1-2)

Christ "went about doing good." (Acts 10:38)  He healed the sick, raised the dead and cast out devils.

Eventually, like many of the prophets before, He was rejected.  In the last days of His life Christ would suffer for our sins, he would feel the pain and sickness of every human being (Alma 7:11-13), he would sweat "as it were great drops of blood" (Luke 22:44).

Then he would be betrayed, beaten and sentenced to death.  He would be hung on a cross and there He would die for us.

His body would be buried in a borrowed tomb and the tomb would be sealed and guarded. (Matthew 27:57-66)  But still, Christ was resurrected and came forth from the tomb on the third day!

Christ showed His resurrected body unto many, including His Apostles.  Christ taught His Apostles and sent them forth: "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them...Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you..." (Matthew 28:19-20)  Christ then ascended into heaven and left the church in the care of His duly ordained Apostles.