Thou Art The Christ
While Jesus was in Caesarea Philippi he asked his disciples: “Whom do men say that I the Son of man am?” (Matthew 16:13) After they responded by saying that some thought he was John the Baptist or Elias or Jeremias, Jesus then asked: “But whom say ye that I am?” (Matthew 16:15) Peter answered by saying:
Peter knew by revelation from Father in Heaven that Jesus was the Christ. He was not just a good speaker, teacher, or prophet; he was the Son of the living God.
Here in the North American Continent about 500 years earlier a man, named Sherem, came among the people teaching that it was a foolish tradition to believe in Jesus Christ. He said it was not possible to know the future. When the prophet Jacob questioned him asking him if he denied the reality of Jesus Christ, Sherem responded:
The first Article of Faith says:
Why is it important that we know that Jesus Christ is real and that we have a Heavenly Father? To believe in Jesus Christ is to believe all the scriptures testify of him. He is the creator of heaven and earth, he is the Son of God and we are also children of that same God. We lived with them before we came here in mortality and we were sent here to prove ourselves worthy of returning to live with Christ and our Heavenly Father after we die. Because of the resurrection of Jesus Christ all who are born on this earth will live again after they die; the only thing to be determined is what type of life we will have. If we accept Jesus Christ as our Savior and let the atonement become effective in our lives and keep God’s commandments, we will become joint heirs with Jesus Christ (Romans 8:17) and all that the Father and Christ have will given to us (Doctrine & Covenants 84:33-38) and we will become as they are (Doctrine & Covenants 132:20).
The Prophet Nephi in the Book of Mormon testified of the importance of having faith in Christ. He said:
Elder D. Todd Christofferson in the last General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints quoted from a book by President Monson of a man that did not believe in God and Christ and then bears his testimony of the Savior, Jesus Christ and the importance of a testimony of Christ. He said:
I add my witness of the reality of Jesus Christ. He is the Son of the living God. He is our Savior and Redeemer. He was Jehovah of the Old Testament; he was born of Mary and established his church on the earth during his ministry. He was rejected by the Jews and crucified, then rose again the third day. He taught the people in Jerusalem for 30 days, and also appeared to the people here in America after his resurrection. Because of the death of the ancient apostles and apostasy within the church, the the priesthood authority Christ gave to the Apostles to administer the saving ordinances was lost. Jesus Christ and the Father appeared to the boy Joseph Smith in 1820 (Joseph Smith History) and restored the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the priesthood on the earth again in these latter days (Doctrine & Covenants 1:17). We have a prophet who is God’s voice to all today, Thomas S. Monson. Without this knowledge and testimony I would be as the Apostle Paul described “be most miserable” (1 Corinthians 15:19).
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