imageFrom a column by Russell Bangerter published in the Mormon Times

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As I have reflected upon the Savior during this holiday season, I have felt tremendous gratitude for the records kept of his birth, life and death. In a certain sense, the Holy Bible provides the "vital records" of Jesus Christ’s life, laying out the details of his humble birth (Luke 2), sacrificial death and triumphant resurrection (Luke 23), as well as identifying his royal lineage.

Most importantly, we learn of Christ’s divine Sonship as the literal Son of God. We also learn of his mortal ancestry from his mother, Mary. She was a direct descendant of King David, thus placing Christ within the tribe of Judah as was prophesied before his birth in Bethlehem. Through his mother’s lineage, Jesus Christ had genealogical claim to the throne of Israel, as King, but he never pressed his claim. However, an imposter tetrarch — an employee of Rome by the name of Herod — sat in the Lord’s rightful place (Matthew chapter 1).

We know these details because the scriptures go beyond recording vital records, but offer us the account from prophets and apostles who saw him and knew him personally. They testify that ancient prophecies predicting his coming were fulfilled. All this, so that we may know for ourselves that not only he came into this world, but also that as the literal Son of God, he had the power to overcome sin and death to save us all.

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Read this article in its entirety in the December 15 edition of the Mormon Times.