Grow your relationship with Jesus Christ the Easter
April 13, 2023
We can learn from the example Jesus Christ set throughout His whole ministry. Each new day is an opportunity for us to experience the joy and peace that is possible because of Him.
On Palm Sunday, (A Joyful Entrance) Jesus Christ made His triumphal entry into Jerusalem as His followers surrounded Jesus with love and praise, shouting "Hosanna".
Monday, (The Cleansing Of The Temple) Jesus visited the temple and was appalled to see a place of worship being desecrated and turned into a "den of thieves". Speaking with unmistakable authority, He commanded the merchants and moneychangers to leave.
Tuesday, (Teaching Of Jesus Christ) During the last week of His life, He shared some of His most enduring teachings. His words weren't intended only for the people present at that time but can bless our lives, too.
Wednesday, (The Greatest Commandment) Jesus Christ taught the importance of loving God and loving others is the foundation of His gospel (Matthew 22:37–39). "A new commandment I give unto you that ye love one another; as I have loved you. When we have love for one another, it's easier to be like Jesus-we're more patient, forgiving, and compassionate with the people around us.
Thursday, (His Sacrifice Begins) Jesus observed the sacred holiday of Passover with His apostles. He instituted the sacred ordinance of the sacrament, in which His disciples were invited to eat and drink in remembrance of Him. He taught them the comforting power of the Holy Ghost.
After the Last Supper, Jesus bid His Apostles to follow Him to the garden named Gethsemane. Alone, Jesus began to pray and was soon overcome with incomprehensible agony. There in the Garden, He began the process of taking upon Himself the sins and pains of the world.
Good Friday, (The Crucifixion) Jesus Christ was sentenced to death by crucifixion and nailed to the cross. Instead of condemning them, Jesus Christ begged His Father to "forgive them; for they know not what they do." With His dying breath, Jesus addressed His Father. "It is finished."
Saturday, (The Tomb) The night before, His body had been prepared and placed in a garden tomb. Jesus Christ had forged a new path forward for all who would follow Him, one lit by a hope that shines brighter than any darkness we may encounter.
Easter Sunday, (He is Risen) Early in the morning, Mary Magdalene, came to the tomb to care for Jesus Christ's body. She found the tomb empty. Later, as she wept outside the tomb, a man addressed her. Then He said her name: "Mary." And she saw it was Jesus Christ, alive again. The knowledge was too wonderful to contain. Her faith propelled her into a joyous sprint as she ran to tell the others.
It's a testimony that still propels people today. You can know just as she did that Jesus Christ lives. Because of Him, everyone will live again. If we follow Christ, we can find true happiness on earth-and look forward to eternal joy in the life to come.
The Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter-day Saints
President Sherman Smith