"Jesus Christ, Son of God, Savior," a new book published by the Religious Studies Center at Brigham Young University, sounds a clarion call of testimony - offered with clarity, vigor and gratitude - in witness of Jesus of Nazareth.
Edited by Paul H. Peterson, Gary L. Hatch and Laura D. Card, the book features presentations from a recent BYU symposium on the Savior. Authors include BYU President Merrill J. Bateman, Elder Gerald N. Lund of the Second Quorum of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and BYU faculty members Andrew C. Skinner, Robert L. Millet, Robert J. Matthews, John W. Welch and Richard D. Draper.
The book's 16 chapters provide thoughtful answers to such questions as:
How can the resurrected Lord's visit to the people of the Americas inspire us to come unto Christ "one by one"?
What do the four Gospels teach us about Jehovah?
What can we learn by studying Isaiah's messianic prophecies?
Do Latter-day Saints really worship a different Jesus?
In an article titled "The Grace and Mercy of Jesus Christ," Elder Lund writes of his experiences as a young missionary among born-again Christians.
At first he was stumped by the question, "Have you been saved?" He reports believing that "salvation was a final stage not achieved until the next stage of our existence." Yet he quickly learned that a negative response would earn him a stern lecture. He soon learned that "being saved" meant different things to Latter-day Saints and evangelicals.
Topics in "Jesus Christ, Son of God, Savior" range from Christ's pre-mortal life to His New Testament ministry and beyond, including the Savior's awareness of individuals and His masterful ability to teach, our Creator's humility to be born as the Babe of Bethlehem, the role of grace and mercy in our redemption, and the reassuring reality of the Atonement and Resurrection.
For more information on this and other Religious Studies Center publications, visit the Web site (http://reled.byu.edu).