Scripture Reading: Luke 23:33-46, 50-56
Videos: Jesus is Scourged and Crucified
Picture: The Crucifixion
- Why was Jesus able to speak so kindly about the crucifiers?
- How do you imagine the disciples felt on the day when Jesus died and in the days that followed?
“He submitted Himself, and they took Him and in mockery crowned Him with a crown of platted thorns and placed a purple robe on His back. Without mercy and with hatred vile and intemperate, they beat Him and scourged Him and cried out for His crucifixion. He had done no evil. He had done only good, and in greater measure than any man before Him had ever done. Yet they cried for His death.
“He staggered under the weight of the cross on which He was to hang. They nailed His quivering flesh to the unyielding wood. They mocked Him as He hung in agony.
“While suffering, He forgave them. He cried out, “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” (Matt. 27:46). Then He died for each of us.
“But in dying He brought about the redemption of mankind. None can fully comprehend the extent and wonder and majesty of that sacrifice in our behalf. Suffice it to say He became our Redeemer.”
President Gordon B. Hinckley, The Empty Tomb Bore Testimony, April 1988 General Conference