September 18, 2012 Matthew 1 Luke 1 – By Diane Adair

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Matthew 1
Luke 1


“In Gethsemane, with the suffering, Jesus began to be sore amazed, awestruck, astonished.  Imagine, Jehovah, the Creator of this and other worlds astonished. Jesus knew cognitively what he must do, but not experientially.  He had never personally known the exquisite and exacting process of an atonement before.  Thus, when the agony came in it;s fullness it was so much more worse than even He with His unique intellect had ever imagined.  The cumulative weight of all mortal sins, past, present and future pressed upon that perfect, sinless, and sensitive soul.  All our infirmities and sicknesses were somehow too a part of the awful arithmetic of the atonement.  The anguished Jesus not only pled with the Father that the hour and cup might pass from him with this relevant citation…”Abba, Father, all things are possible unto thee, take away this cup from me…Jesus’ request was not theater…Even so, Jesus maintained this sublime submissiveness, Nevertheless, not as I will, but as thou wilt.”…while bearing our sins, our infirmities, our sicknesses and bringing to pass the Atonement Jesus became the perfect Shepherd…Indeed we are in His hands, and what hallowed hands.  The wondrous and glorious Atonement is the central act in all of human history.  It was the hinge on which all else that finally matters turned.  But it turned upon Jesus’ spiritual submissiveness.  May we now, in our time and turn, be willing to submit…”     Neal A. Maxwell

“When Herod’s edict went forth to destroy the young children, John was about six months older than Jesus, and came under this hellish edict, and Zacharias caused his mother to take him into the mountains, where he was raised on locusts and wild honey.  When his father refused to disclose his hiding place, and being the officiating high priest at the Temple that year, was slain by Herod’s order, between the porch and the altar, as Jesus said in Matthew 23:34-36.”  Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, page 261.