“I Find No Fault in This Man”

The Life and Teachings of Jesus and his Apostles, Instructor’s Guide (Rel 211–12), (2000), 59–60


Theme

Nothing shows better the magnitude of the character of Jesus Christ than does the last day of his life, which is an example for all his disciples to follow.

Theme Analysis

  • A.

    Jesus’ trial and crucifixion were illegal.

  • B.

    The final events of Jesus’ trial and crucifixion further attest to his divinity.

  • C.

    Jesus’ final statements and conduct show his love and concern for others.

Study Sources

New Testament Reading Assignment

Matthew 26:36-46; Mark 14:32-42; Luke 22:40-46; John 17:1-26; 18:1, 2

Course Manual

Chapter 26, “I Find No Fault in This Man”

Standard Works

Zechariah 12:10; 13:6. How will Jesus be identified by the Jews? (See D&C 45:51-53.)

1 Nephi 11:32-34. Nephi’s account of the coming crucifixion.

1 Nephi 17:41; 2 Nephi 25:20; Alma 33:19-23; Helaman 8:14-16. What was the “type” Moses raised up? (See Numbers 21:5-9.)

1 Nephi 19:7-14. What did Zenos, Zenock, and Neum know about Jesus’ future suffering?

2 Nephi 6:9. How did Jacob know about Jesus’ crucifixion?

2 Nephi 10:3-5. Why was Jesus born among the Jews of that particular time?

Moses 7:45-47. Why did Enoch rejoice?

Basic Library

Jesus the Christ, pp. 652-63. A recitation of events and their meaning on the way to Calvary.

Teachings, p. 309. What did Jesus mean by “paradise” in his statement to the thief?

Teachings, p. 222. Why were the Jews so responsible for their acts?

Discourses, pp. 121-22. Why is the gospel to go to the Jews last instead of first in this dispensation?

Jesus the Christ, pp. 621 -43. The story of Jesus’ trial.

Jesus the Christ, pp. 644-48. What have great lawyers said about the legality of the trial of Jesus?

M of F, p. 100. How was Pilate weak and hypocritical?

M of F, p. 167. Whom did Jesus mean when he said, “Forgive them. …”?

M of F, pp. 278-80. What do we learn of forgiveness from Jesus?

M of F, pp. 136-37. What was the historical background of the Jews in rejecting Jesus?

Additional Sources

Bruce R. McConkie, Doctrinal New Testament Commentary, 1:825-26. How was Mary’s soul pierced? (See Luke 2:35.)

Bruce R McConkie, Doctrinal New Testament Commentary, 1:828-32. Some further insights into the final day of Christ’s life.

Bruce R. McConkie, Doctrinal New Testament Commentary, 1:737. A practical definition for love of God.

Marion G. Romney, “Thou Shalt Thank the Lord Thy God in All Things,” Ensign, June 1974, p. 3. Can we understand our, debt to Jesus?

Media Suggestions

Cassette tape, Behold the Great Redeemer Die

(2:15) Slide set, The Week of the Atoning Sacrifice

Transparency, Summary of the Last Half of the Final Week

Some Suggestions for Presentation

(Ideas Other Teachers Have Used)

Illustrated Lectures

The teacher will want to enrich his discussion of this sacred lesson by using only dignified and spiritually uplifting methods. Role playing and drama usually detract from the episode under discussion. That which is most dignified and appropriate is a very well-prepared lecture which draws heavily on an analysis of the scriptures.

Lectures improve as the use of illustrations increase, provided these illustrations are appropriate and don’t become a busy parade that focuses attention on the illustration rather than on the subject of the lecture. When the hour is past, the students should go away impressed with Christ, not with the aids that were used.

The teacher runs the risk of a boring lecture when he goes to the other extreme of using no illustrations. The same set of illustrations can be presented on the chalkboard, on a handout, with transparencies and an overhead projector, or on slides. Following is a partial list of possible illustrations:

  1. 1.

    The events of the trial and crucifixion.

  2. 2.

    The scriptures which list the events.

  3. 3.

    A presentation of Isaiah 53 (see Mosiah 14 to 16), while listing or telling the events foretold therein. (The more a teacher works with this, the more prophetic details he will see. When combined with Psalms 22:10-24, or even the whole Psalm when understood, hardly a detail is neglected.)

  4. 4.

    Others. (The teacher will see many events and details on which to base his lecture. This subject is such high drama just in the telling that it should be easy to get rapt attention.)

Slide Lectures

If the teacher has procurred the appropriate slide set from the Department or has himself visited the Holy Land, he can, of course, present slides of the sites as they presently appear. It will take skill and proper preparation to present the lesson in this way.