“All things were made by Him, and there was not anything made that was not made by Him.” John 1:3
Here’s what I learned and pondered over:
- I love that the lesson refers to John 1, including the scripture above, which is the first scripture cited in the Living Christ document. Jesus is indeed the Creator of the world. I love to ponder over how much He must delight to see us explore and uncover the many beauties and joys this world holds, with its sunsets, oceans, trees, mountains, rocks, waterfalls, rainbows, lakes, gorges, and canyons. He created all these things to delight us! The song in the video above by John Rutter, with the beautiful Smith Family Ensemble singing it, perfectly captures this beauty and love. I remember standing on a beach in Florida years ago. As I looked over the pure turquoise ocean meeting the powder blue sky at the horizon, I felt such a love welling up in me. The artistry, the beauty of the moment was so exquisite. In that instant, I knew without a doubt that God loves me as my heavenly father, and that He gave His son, Jesus Christ, to redeem me from my sins. The world’s beautiful creations allow us to feel this love. Whenever we feel stuck, getting out in nature, touching the earth, beholding the beauty, can help us get answers from God, through the power of Jesus Christ. Immersion in nature can give us downloads from heaven.
- As it says in the lesson, we can come to know, “as Nathanael did, that the Savior knows us and loves us and wants to prepare us to receive ‘greater things’ (John 1:50).” What are these “greater things”? They are angels, miracles, signs, wonders, prophets, apostles, prophecies, revelations, temples, spiritual gifts, promises, covenants, and the riches of eternity with eternal families, eternal joy and eternal life, all found in the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. These “greater things” include the words of the Book of Mormon. The phrase “greater things” is also found in the Book of Mormon, with a corresponding promise:
“And when they shall have received this, which is expedient that they should have first, to try their faith, and if it shall so be that they shall believe these things then shall the greater things be made manifest unto them. And if it so be that they will not believe these things, then shall the greater things be withheld from them, unto their condemnation.” 3 Nephi 22:9-10
It’s really true that those who receive the the words in the Book of Mormon qualify to receive “greater things.”