Following the Savior
Jesus Christ is the Son of God, your Savior and Redeemer. Through the Atonement, he offers you eternal life and gives you the possibility of returning to your Heavenly Father. He invites you to look to him as an example, and through him, to learn about the Father.
“And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou has sent” (John 17:3).
As your faith in Christ and Heavenly Father grows, so will your joy and fulfillment.
Because of his great love for us, Heavenly Father provided his Son as our Savior. He has also given us many other gifts and blessings. But where much is given, much is required (see D&C 82:3). We can show our gratitude through reverence and obedience.
He has given us the world we live in.
In return, we should respect and preserve it.
He has given us our families.
In return, we can do our best to support them and to encourage harmony and closeness.
He has given us material possessions.
In return, we can thank him daily, pay our tithing faithfully, and share with those in need.
He has given us the scriptures.
In return, we should diligently study the “words of life” (see D&C 84:85).
He has given us modern-day revelation.
In return, we can listen to the living prophets and follow their guidance.
He has given us the Holy Ghost to comfort us and lead us to truth.
In return, we can listen to and follow the still, small voice.
He has given us his love.
In return, we can love him and love one another.
He has given us his church.
In return, we can worship every week, building our own faith and the faith of others.
He has given us the priesthood, a sacred trust.
In return, we should honor it.
He has given us temples. He opens his houses for us to perform very sacred and saving ordinances for ourselves and for others.
In return, we need to treat temples with respect, visit them often, and see that temple work is done.
He has given us the Atonement, his greatest gift. The Savior paid for our sins and made it possible for all to be resurrected. He also made it possible for us to be exalted, if we are worthy.
In return, we need to have faith, repent, be baptized, receive the gift of the Holy Ghost, and endure to the end.
Jesus’ Last Days
The final week of Jesus’ life was filled with important events. Review the Easter story in the four Gospels of the New Testament (Matt. 26–28; Mark 14–16; Luke 22–24; and John 18–20). In the space(s) next to each day, list in order the event(s) that occurred on that day.
Saturday: Day of Anointing ____
Sunday: Day of Popularity ____
Monday: Day of Authority ____
Tuesday: Day of Conflict ____
Wednesday: Day of Rest ____
Thursday: Day of Fellowship ____, ____, ____
Friday: Day of Suffering ____, ____, ____, ____, ____, ____, ____, ____, ____, ____, ____
Saturday: Day of Silence ____
Sunday: Day of Triumph ____
There is darkness over all the land for three hours.
. At about sunrise, Jesus is officially condemned by Caiaphas and the Jewish Sanhedrin.
Jesus is anointed in Bethany by Mary.
Jesus is crowned with thorns and mocked.
Jesus curses the barren fig tree and cleanses the temple.
Guards are placed at the tomb.
Pilate sends Jesus to Herod.
Jesus partakes of the “Last Supper” with his Apostles.
Jesus’ side is pierced with a spear.
Simon of Cyrene helps Jesus carry the cross to Calvary.
Jesus enters Jerusalem in triumph.
Jesus probably spends a day of rest with his friends at Bethany.
Jesus is buried in the tomb of Joseph of Arimathea.
Jesus is taken to the Roman governor, Pontius Pilate, about 6:00 A.M.
Jesus prays in the Garden of Gethsemane.
Jesus victoriously rises from the dead.
Soldiers part Jesus’ garments.
Jesus teaches in the temple and on the Mount of Olives.
Herod returns Jesus to Pilate, who releases Barabbas and delivers Jesus to be crucified.
Around midnight, Judas betrays Jesus with a kiss, and Jesus is arrested by the chief priests, scribes, and elders.
Reminders of Christ
“All things are created and made to bear record of me” (Moses 6:63). Many things, both in the scriptures and in our lives today, symbolize Christ and his sacrifice. See if you can identify how these pictures relate to him.
Illustrated by Robert T. Barrett
The bread and water of the sacrament represent the body and blood of Christ and help us remember his atonement for our sins. When we take the sacrament, we also renew the covenants we made with him at baptism (Moro. 4:3; Moro. 5:2).
Jesus is known as the Lamb of God. Also, the sacrifices the Israelites made as part of the Law of Moses—male firstlings of the flock, without blemish—represent Heavenly Father’s sacrifice of his Son (Ex. 12:5; Moses 5:7).
Many prophets compare Christ with a rock or stone, as in “the rock [or foundation] of our salvation.” All buildings have a cornerstone, and Christ is the cornerstone of our church and of our faith (Eph. 2:20).
Light reminds us that the Savior is the “light of the world” (John 9:5).
Water suggests that Christ is like living water, “springing up unto everlasting life” (D&C 63:23).
Christ used a bridegroom to represent himself in the parable of the ten virgins. He was making a point about preparing and being ready for the day the Lord returns (Matt. 25:1–13).