In an earlier issue of the Tambuli (December 1992), we looked at events surrounding the birth and mission of Jesus Christ, as illustrated in wood engravings by French artist Gustave Doré (1832–1883). Now, at Easter time, we look at the final week of the Savior’s mortal ministry.
The restored gospel gives important perspective to the suffering and death of the Savior. Before Christ was born, Alma prophesied that the Savior “shall go forth, suffering pains and afflictions and temptations of every kind. …
“And he will take upon him death, that he may loose the bands of death which bind his people; and he will take upon him their infirmities, that his bowels may be filled with mercy, according to the flesh, that he may know according to the flesh how to succor his people according to their infirmities” (Alma 7:11–12).
The Savior himself later taught the Nephites that the Atonement is the essence of his gospel: “This is the gospel which I have given unto you—that I came into the world to do the will of my Father, because my Father sent me.
“And my Father sent me that I might be lifted up upon the cross; and after that I had been lifted up upon the cross, that I might draw all men unto me, … to stand before me, to be judged of their works, whether they be good or whether they be evil” (3 Ne. 27:13–15).
Jesus Christ—“the Lamb … slain from the foundation of the world” (Moses 7:47)—fully understood his mission. In the premortal world, when the Father asked, “Whom shall I send?” the Son willingly answered: “Here am I, send me” (Abr. 3:27).