This week was wonderful, absolutely wonderful, and a time to reflect on the last week of the Savior’s life. How two Sundays ago, he rode into Jerusalem on the colt, rode in as a king, people waving palm leaves in his path, how he wept as he entered, knowing that they would betray him and he wept for them. The following events of him preaching in the temple, cleansing it for a second time, being anointed twice, Judas receiving the 30 of silver (the same price of a slave), Healing the lame and the blind in the temple. On Thursday night he had the last supper as Jewish days start at sundown, it was the Jewish Friday, he had the last supper, went to the garden of Gethsemane left eight of the apostles outside, went further and left peter, James, and John. He knelt or fell on his face and suffered, taking each persons’ sins and sufferings, pains and afflictions… individually. He visited the three twice during the night, the first not even after an hour had passed, the second stating (refering to them) how the spirit is willing but the body is weak. The third time he returns he tells them to sleep for he knew his time was at hand for betrayal. Sure enough, Judas arrives, betrays him with a kiss, that morning, still Friday, (now our Friday morning) he was tried by the Jewish courts, two false witnesses finally came forward and stated how he had declared he would destroy the temple and in three days build it up (not realizing the reference to his own body). He was then asked by the high priest if he was the son of man and was accused of blasphemy. Following which he was taken to Pilate, who found no fault, had him sent to Herod who was the ruler of Galilee. Herod returned him to Pilate who had him receive forty lashes (possibly trying to make him seem innocent before the people), sent him before the people as to release him as custom on Passover for one prisoner. Barnabas was released. Christ was taken to be crucified, Pilate washes his hands of the matter. Christ is crucified at about 9:00 AM on Friday, darkness gathers at noon, he cries “My God, My God, why hast thou forsaken me” and gives up the ghost at about 3:00… Nicodemus who was a Sadducee has Christ buried in his tomb, and they hurry for the burial so not to break the Jewish Sabbath which is Saturday. Sunday after the Sabbath, Mary and other women go to the tomb to find it empty, Christ is not there…. He is risen. As a representative of Jesus Christ I testify that he lives, and it is wonderful! http://easter.mormon.org/?cid=HPTU041514694 This video is a new one that the church released for Easter, I invite you to watch it, I find it inspirational.
I love you so much! I hope you are having a wonderful time and I am glad that Sunday was excellent! Take care!
Elder Grant Hagen