September 4, 2012 Introduction to the New Testament By Diane Adair

Audio September 4, 2012 Intro to the New Testament

Diane Adair’s Quotes from Introduction to New Testament – Christ is the Way

 “On some days we will have cause to remember the unkind treatment He received, the rejection He experienced and the injustice He endured.  When we too, then face some of those difficult times that come to us we can remember that Jesus had to descend below all things before He could ascend above them, and that He suffered pains and afflictions of every kind that He might be filled with mercy and know how to succor His people in their infirmities.  To those who stagger or stumble, He is there to strengthen us.  In the end He is there to save us, and for all this He gave His life.  However dim our days may seem, they have been darker for the Savior of the world.  In fact, in a resurrected otherwise perfected body, our Lord…has chosen to retain for the benefit of His disciples the wounds in His hands and His feet and His side…signs, if you will, that painful things happen even to the pure and perfect; signs if you will that pain in this world is not evidence that God doesn’t love you…It is the wounded Christ who is the captain of our soul…He who yet bears the scars of sacrifice, the lesions of love and humility and forgiveness.  Those wounds are what He invites young and old, then and now, to step forward and see and feel.  Then we remember with Isaiah that it was for each of us that our Master was despised and rejected…a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief…All this we could remember when we are invited by a kneeling young priest to remember Christ always.”  Jeffrey R. Holland
“For nearly six thousand years, God has held you in reserve to make your appearance in the final days before the second coming of the Lord…God has saved for the final inning some of His strongest and most valiant children who will help bear off the kingdom triumphantly.  That is where you come in.  Make no mistake about it.  You are a marked generation.  There has never been more expected of the faithful in such a short period of time than there is of us.  Never before on the face of this earth have the forces of evil and forces for good been so well organized.  Now is the great day of the devil’s power.  But now is also the great day of the Lord’s power, with the greatest number of priesthood holders on the earth.  Each day we personally make many decisions showing the cause we support.  The final outcome is certain–the Forces of righteousness will finally win.  But what remains to be seen is where each of us personally, now and in the future will stand, and how tall we will stand.  Will we be true to our last days and fulfill our foreordained missions?  Great battles can make great heroes and heroines.  You will never have a better opportunity to be valiant in a more crucial cause than in the battle you face today and in the immediate future.  Some of the greatest battles you will face will be fought within the silent chambers of your own soul.  Each of us has his or her own battlefield.  The tactics which the enemy will use against us will vary from time to time.  Satan will seek to exploit our weaknesses.  So we must be alert to the devil’s devious designs, the subtle sins, and the clever compromises as well as the obvious offenses.  We must remember that the devil seeks to make all men miserable like unto himself.  We must also remember that the Lord loves us and seeks for us the fullness of joy which He enjoys.  We must choose whom we will serve.”
President Ezra Taft Benson

December 13, 2011 Christmas Devotional by Diane Adair

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“The more we study, pray and ponder the awesome Atonement, the more we are willing to acknowledge that we are in His and the Father’s hands.  Let us ponder therefore, these final things.  When the unimaginable burden began to weigh upon Christ, it confirmed his long-held and intellectually clear understanding as to what he must now do.  His working through began, and Jesus declared, “Now is my soul troubled, and what shall I say?  Father save me from this hour”.  Then whether in spiritual soliloquy or by way of instruction to those about him, he observed, “But for this cause came I unto this hour”.

In Gethsemane with the suffering, Jesus began to be “sore amazed”, or in the Greek “awestruck” and “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 its fullness, it was so much, 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, but with this relevant citation, “He said, Abba, Father, all things are possible unto thee; take away this cup from me.”  His suffering as it were, enormity multiplied by infinity, evoked his later soul cry on the cross, and it was a cry of forsakenness.  Even so, Jesus maintained this sublime submissiveness as he had in Gethsemane.  “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, making these lines of Paul’s especially relevant and reassuring”  “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?  Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or feminine or nakedness or peril or sword?”  Indeed, we are in His hands, and what hallowed hands! The wondrous and glorious Atonement was 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

“As we commemorate the birth of Jesus Christ two millennia ago, we offer our testimony of the reality of His matchless life and the infinite virtue of His great atoning sacrifice.

Of Him the Prophet Joseph also declared:  “And now, after the many testimonies which have been given of him, this is the testimony, last of all, which we give of him:  That he lives!

“For we saw him, even on the right hand of God; and we heard the voice bearing record that he is the Only Begotten of the Father–

“That by him, and through him, and of him, the worlds are and were created, and the inhabitants thereof are begotten sons and daughters unto God”

We declare in words of solemnity that His priesthood and His Church have been restored upon the earth.

We testify that He will someday return to earth.  “And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together”.  He will rule as King of Kings and reign as Lord of Lords, and every knee shall bend and every tongue shall speak in worship before Him.  Each of us will stand to be judged of Him according to our works and the desires of our hearts.

We bear testimony, as His duly ordained Apostles–that Jesus is the Living Christ, the immortal Son of God.  He is the great King Immanuel, who stands today on the right hand of His Father.  He is the light, the life, and the hope of the world.  His way is the path that leads to happiness in this life and eternal life in the world to come.  God be thanked for the matchless gift of His divine Son.

The Living Christ:  The Testimony of the Apostles

Christmas Devotional – Diane Adair – December 13, 2011(Audio)