The coming of Jesus Christ into the world is the most spectacular act of love ever demonstrated on earth and the most wonderful gift ever given. The Bible and the Book of Mormon bear testimony of the birth of Jesus Christ. On this Christmas Day please consider these two testimonies of the birth of Christ.
One is a testimony of those who were present where Jesus was born. The other is the testimony of people far away, yet linked by the prophets and lineage to those who were eye-witnesses. Thus, the details of their testimony are dissimilar and yet, they speak of one glorious truth: Jesus Christ was born, as the prophets foretold, to redeem the children of Adam from death and save those who come to him by faith.
A New World Christmas
1 Now it came to pass that the ninety and first year had passed away; and it was six hundred years from the time that Lehi left Jerusalem; and it was in the year that Lachoneus was the chief judge and the governor over the land.
2 And Nephi, the son of Helaman, had departed out of the land of Zarahemla, giving charge unto his son Nephi, who was his eldest son, concerning the plates of brass, and all the records which had been kept, and all those things which had been kept sacred, from the departure of Lehi out of Jerusalem;
3 Then he departed out of the land, and whither he went, no man knoweth; and his son Nephi did keep the record in his stead, yea, the record of this people.
4 And it came to pass that in the commencement of the ninety and second year, behold the prophecies of the prophets began to be fulfilled more fully; for there began to be greater signs and greater miracles wrought among the people.
5 But there were some who began to say that the time was past for the words to be fulfilled, which were spoken by Samuel, the Lamanite.
6 And they began to rejoice over their brethren, saying, Behold, the time is past, and the words of Samuel are not fulfilled; therefore, your joy and your faith concerning this thing hath been vain.
7 And it came to pass that they did make a great uproar throughout the land; and the people who believed, began to be very sorrowful, lest by any means those things which had been spoken, might not come to pass.
8 But behold, they did watch steadfastly for that day, and that night, and that day, which should be as one day, as if there were no night, that they might know that their faith had not been vain.
9 Now it came to pass that there was a day set apart by the unbelievers, that all those who believed in those traditions should be put to death, except the sign should come to pass which had been given by Samuel the prophet.
10 Now it came to pass that when Nephi, the son of Nephi, saw this wickedness of his people, his heart was exceeding sorrowful.
11 And it came to pass that he went out and bowed himself down upon the earth, and cried mightily to his God, in behalf of his people; yea, those who were about to be destroyed because of their faith in the tradition of their fathers.
12 And it came to pass that he cried mightily unto the Lord, all that day; and behold, the voice of the Lord came unto him, saying, Lift up your head and be of good cheer, for behold, the time is at hand, and on this night shall the sign be given,
13 And on the morrow come I into the world, to shew unto the world that I will fulfill all that which I have caused to be spoken by the mouth of my holy prophets.
14 Behold, I come unto my own, to fulfill all things which I have made known unto the children of men, from the foundation of the world, and to do the will, both of the Father, and of the Son of the Father, because of me, and of the Son, because of my flesh.
15 And behold, the time is at hand, and this night shall the sign be given.
16 And it came to pass that the words which came unto Nephi were fulfilled, according as they had been spoken:
17 For behold at the going down of the sun, there was no darkness; and the people began to be astonished, because there was no darkness when the night came.
18 And there were many who had not believed the words of the prophets, fell to the earth, and became as if they were dead, for they knew that the great plan of destruction which they had laid for those who believed in the words of the prophets, had been frustrated, for the sign which had been given was already at hand; and they began to know that the Son of God must shortly appear;
19 Yea, in fine, all the people upon the face of the whole earth, from the west to the east, both in the land north and in the land south, were so exceedingly astonished, that they fell to the earth;
20 For they knew that the prophets had testified of these things for many years, and that the sign which had been given, was already at hand; and they began to fear because of their iniquity and their unbelief.
21 And it came to pass that there was no darkness in all that night, but it was as light as though it was midday.
22 And it came to pass that the sun did rise in the morning again, according to its proper order; and they knew that it was the day that the Lord should be born, because of the sign which had been given.
23 And it had come to pass, yea, all things, every whit, according to the words of the prophets.
24 And it came to pass also, that a new star did appear, according to the word.
25 And it came to pass that from this time forth, there began to be lyings sent forth among the people by Satan, to harden their hearts, to the intent that they might not believe in those signs and wonders which they had seen;
26 But notwithstanding those lyings and deceivings, the more part of the people did believe, and were converted unto the Lord.
27 And it came to pass that Nephi went forth among the people, and also many others, baptizing unto repentance, in the which, there were a great remission of sins. (3 Nephi 1:1-27).
An Old World Christmas
1 And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all his empire should be taxed.
2 This same taxing was when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.
3 And all went to be taxed, every one in his own city.
4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David,
5 To be taxed, with Mary his espoused wife, she being great with child.
6 And so it was, that while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.
7 And she brought forth her first-born son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger, because there was none to give room for them in the inns.
8 And there were in the same country, shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flocks by night.
9 And lo, an angel of the Lord appeared unto them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them; and they were sore afraid.
10 But the angel said unto them, Fear not, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
11 For unto you is born this day, in the city of David, a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.
12 And this is the way you shall find the babe, he is wrapped in swaddling clothes, and is lying in a manger.
13 And suddenly there was with the angel, a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God, and saying,
14 Glory to God in the highest; and on earth, peace; good will to men.
15 And it came to pass, when the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go, even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord has made known unto us.
16 And they came with haste, and found Mary and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.
17 And when they had seen, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child.
18 All they who heard it, wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds;
19 But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart.
20 And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things which they had heard and seen, as they were manifested unto them (Luke 2:1-20 .
There is much more to the story of Jesus. Who was he? Why did he come as a baby? Why are there two witnesses of his birth?
Write or visit us to know more.