Since He was with the Father in the beginning, the Savior’s mission began in the premortal world, long before his mortal birth in Bethlehem. When we speak of God, we usually refer to Heavenly Father. However, Jehovah, the God of the Old Testament, is Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Eternal Father. Jesus works under the direction of the Father. Many references in the scriptures to acts done by God were Jesus or Jehovah, the Son of God. Jesus, the Only Begotten Son of God in the flesh, created this earth.
Jesus is “the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world." He gives us direction, John 8:12. He promises eternal life, 1 Corinthians 15:20-22. He gave us knowledge to judge good from evil as well as the atonement for eternal life, hope, and repentance, Moroni 7:15-18, 41. He gave us enlightenment and understanding of his ways, Doctrine and Covenants 88:6-14.
As we study the scriptures, we should seek wisdom by asking God to guide us, James 1:5-6 and Doctrine and Covenants 88:118.
“We need not visit the Holy Land to feel him close to us. We need not walk by the shores of Galilee or among the Judean hills to walk where Jesus walked.
“In a very real sense, all can walk where Jesus walked when, with his words on our lips, his spirit in our hearts, and his teachings in our lives, we journey through mortality” (Thomas S. Monson, Ensign, May 1974, 48).
My heart is full of gratitude for the creations, ministry, and sacrifice of Jesus Christ. Sure He did what He did for all mankind, but He also did those things for me personally. As I learn of him through studying the New Testament and other scriptures, my testimony of His divinity and reality increases. Seeking the Spirit’s guidance in my study of the New Testament, I hope to learn truth, but more importantly, I hope to feel a closer bond with my Savior and Father in Heaven.