“Wherever you live, whatever your joys or sorrows, however young or old you may be, at whatever point you may find yourself in this mortal journey of ours. Some of you know what you want to be and where you want to go with your lives, and some of you don’t. Some of you seem to have so many blessings and so many wonderful choices ahead of you. Others of you feel, for a time and for whatever reason, less fortunate and with fewer attractive paths lying immediately ahead.
“But whoever you are and wherever you find yourself as you seek your way in life, I offer you tonight “the way . . . and the life” (John 14:6). Wherever else you think you may be going, I ask you to “come unto him” as the imperative first step in getting there, in finding your individual happiness and strength and success.”
Today we are going to talk about how we can come to Christ in our life. As you read through this lesson, I want you to think about where you are right now, spiritually, in your life and where you want to be.
COME AND SEE
John 1:35: Who was with John?
Look up “disciple” in the Bible Dictionary. What is the difference between a disciple and an apostle?
In John 1:36, who do they see?
Based on what they call Him, what can you assume they already know? Where did they learn that?
In John 1:37, what did the two disciples do? Why do you think they did that?
vs 38: What is the Savior’s question to them? Why do you think he asked them that?
What can we learn about these disciples from their response? Why did they want to know where he lived?
vs 39: What is the Savior’s three word response?
• What do you think they were going to see?
• Why didn’t he just tell them? Why did he think it was necessary to show them?
• What is the wisdom in letting people experience something for themselves, instead of just telling them the answer? What is found in the “doing” of something?
JOHN THE BAPTIST
Matthew 3:6 – How did he fulfill his mission?
Matthew 3:10 – What is the message of this verse? What was he trying to teach?
In verse 11, what does John understand about the Savior?
Matthew 3:13-15 – Why did the Savior come to be baptized by John the Baptist?
(See 2 Nephi 31:4-12)
How does “baptism” help us “come and see” the Savior?
MOUNT OF TEMPTATION
As we come to Christ, Satan will try harder to lead us the other direction. He doesn’t want us to see the things that the Savior has in store for us.
There is a great lesson for us to learn in seeing how the Savior resisted temptation and how we can use the same tactics to resist temptations in our own lives.
In Matthew 4:1, the Savior went to be with God. I’m sure there have been times in your life when you wanted to go to the temple or sit down and read your scriptures and the devil tried to place obstacles in your way.
vs. 2 – The Savior fasted for 40 days and 40 nights.
Draw a table like the one below. Go through the next few verses in Matthew 4 and identify what Christ was tempted with and then how he responded.
**Make sure to read the footnotes on the JST. There are parts of these next few verse that, if you read the corrections in the footnotes, will drastically change your understanding of the verses.
A few thoughts:
- Before the devil tempts the Savior, what false belief does he try to throw at Him?
- How does the devil try to use our worth and identity against us?
- As you look at all three temptations, what it the pattern that you see?
- How did the Savior use the scriptures?
- What can we learn from the Savior’s example in resisting temptation?
- When we are faced with temptation, what can we do?
How does this story help you “come and see”?
If you return back to John 1:39, it is interesting to note that the disciples came and saw and then stayed with the Savior for the day.
In John 1:40-42, what did the disciples do?
When we have decided to “come and see” the Savior, why do we want to share it with others?
As you go through your week, identify the opportunities that the Lord has put into your life to see him more clearly and what you can do to help other see Him more clearly also.