Sunday Will Come

"Each of us will have our own Fridays—those days when the universe itself seems shattered and the shards of our world lie littered about us in pieces. . . . But I testify to you in the name of the One who conquered death—Sunday will come. In the darkness of our sorrow, Sunday will come. No matter our desperation, no matter our grief, Sunday will come. In this life or  he next, Sunday will come. . . . [T]he Resurrection is not a fable."  —Joseph B. Wirthlin

A Quote about the Atonement I Chanced upon

Courtesy LDS Media Library
The other day, I opened a book lying on our kitchen table and my eyes landed instantly on this quote, a quote I needed to find. 

“Atonement, literally at-one-ment, is a word introduced into English in 1526 by William Tyndale as he translated the Greek New Testament into English; specifically, he used the word at-one-ment to translate the Greek word (katallasso) which means ‘reconciliation’ or ‘to come back into a relationship after a period of estrangement.’ Reconciliation, a word with Latin roots, means literally, ‘to be seated together again.’ This word points to what is happening to man—he has fallen from a relationship, even many relationships, and from a knowledge of the oneness of the premortal children and of divine society. The scriptures tell us that man came from a heavenly society and fell, by his birth, into a state of spiritual death (see Helaman 14:16), alienated from his Heavenly Father by the nature of the Fall. Christ wrought the atonement to restore us to the heavenly society. So we might say that the word rendered atonement by the early biblical translators could have been more accurately rendered re-at-one-ment or reunion. Christ wrought the great Reunion. . . . The Hebrew word for atonement includes the meaning ‘reconciliation,’ but scholars find additional meanings such as ‘cover’ (even ’embrace’).” (M. Catherine Thomas, Light in the Wilderness [Orem, Utah:Amalphi Publishing, 2008], 173–174.)

Friday Early Evening, Easter Week

Jesus on the cross, soldier pierces side with a spear. Copyright IRI, Inc. Courtesy Gospel Media, https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/media

The Veil of the Temple Was Rent

And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in the midst—in twain, from the top to the bottom. And the earth did quake, and the rocks rent.

Matt. 27:51; Mark 15:38; Luke 23:45b

Truly This Man Was the Son of God

Now when the centurion, which stood over against him, and they that were with him, watching Jesus, saw the earthquake, and those things that were done, that he so cried out, and gave up the ghost, they feared greatly, he glorified God, saying, “Truly this man was the Son of God.”

Matt. 27:54; Mark 15:39; Luke 23:47

With a Spear Pierced His Side

The Jews therefore, because it was the preparation, that the bodies should not remain upon the cross on the sabbath day (for that sabbath day was an high day), besought Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away.

Then came the soldiers, and brake the legs of the first, and of the other which was crucified with him.

But when they came to Jesus, and saw that he was dead already, they brake not his legs, but one of the soldiers with a spear pierced his side, and forthwith came there out blood and water.
And he that saw it bare record, and his record is true, and he knoweth that he saith true, that ye might believe. For these things were done, that the scripture should be fulfilled, “He keepeth all his bones. Of him shall not one of them be broken.”

And again another scripture saith, “They shall look upon him whom they have pierced.”

John 19:31–37; Psalms 34:20; Zech. 12:10

Many Women Were There Beholding Afar Off

And there were also many women there, and all his acquaintance, who stood afar off, beholding these things.

Among whom was May Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James the less and of Joses, and Salome, and the mother of Zebedee’s children.

Who also, when he was in Galilee, followed Jesus, and ministered unto him—and many other women which came up with him unto Jerusalem.

Matt. 27:55–56; Mark 15:40–41; Luke 23:49

Then Took They the Body Of Jesus

And now when the even was come, because it was the preparation, that is, the day before the sabbath, behold, there came a rich man named Joseph of Arimathaea, a city of the Jews—an honourable counsellor, and he was a good man, and a just who also himself waited for the kingdom of God—and was Jesus’ disciple, but secretly for fear of the Jews (the same had not consented to the counsel and deed of them).

This man came, and went in boldly unto Pilate and begged the body of Jesus, that he might take away.

And Pilate marvelled if he were already dead. And calling unto him the centurion, he asked him whether he had been any while dead. And when he knew it of the centurion, then Pilate gave him leave and commanded the body to be delivered to Joseph.

He came therefore, and took the body of Jesus.

And there came also Nicodemus, which at the first came to Jesus by night, and brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about an hundred pound weight.

And when Joseph bought fine linen, and had taken the body of Jesus down, he wrapped it in clean linen cloth, with the spices, as the manner of the Jews is to bury.

Now in the place where he was crucified there was a garden, and laid him, in the garden, in his own new sepulchre, which he had hewn out in the rock, wherein never man before was laid.
And he rolled a great stone to the door of the sepulchre, and departed.

And there laid they Jesus, therefore, because of that was the Jews’ preparation day, for the sepulchre was nigh at hand. And the sabbath drew on.

And there was Mary Magdalene, and the other Mary, the mother of Joses also, which came with him from Galilee, who followed after, sitting over against the sepulchre, and beheld where his body was laid.

And when the sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome returned, and prepared sweet spices and ointments, and rested the sabbath day according to the commandment.

Matt. 27:57–61; Mark 15:42–47; Luke 23:50–56; John 19:38–42

Friday Late Afternoon, Easter Week

Jesus's feet nailed to the cross. Copyright IRI, Inc. Courtesy Gospel Media, https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/media

There Was Darkness

Now from about the sixth hour, there was darkness over all the land until the ninth hour.

Matthew 27:45; Mark 15:33; Luke 23:44

Eli, Eli, Lama Sabachthani

And at about the ninth hour, Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” that is to say, being interpreted, “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?”

And some of them that stood by there, when they heard that, said, “Behold, this man calleth for Elias.”

After this, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, saith, “I thirst.”

Now there was set a vessel full of vinegar, and straightway one of them ran, and took a spunge, and filled it with vinegar, and put it on a reed, and put it to his mouth, and gave him to drink.

The rest said, “Let alone. Let us see whether Elias will come to take him down and save him.

Matt. 27:45–49; Mark 15:33–36; Luke 23:45a; John 19:28–29; Psalms 22:1;69:21

It Is Finished

When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, “It is finished.”

And when Jesus had cried again with a loud voice, he said, “Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit.” And having said thus, he gave up the ghost.

Matt. 27:50–51; Mark 15:37–38; Luke 23:45b–46; John 19:30

Friday Afternoon, Easter Week

Jesus on the cross. Copyright IRI, Inc. Courtesy Gospel Media, https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/media

Simon of Cyrene

And after that they had mocked him, they took the purple robe off from him. And they took Jesus, and put his own raiment on him, and led him away to crucify him.

And as they came out and led him away, they laid hold upon a man, Simon of Cyrene by name, who passed by, coming out of the country—the father of Alexander and Rufus.

And on him they laid the cross and compelled him to bear it, that he might bear the cross after Jesus.

Matt. 27:31–32; Mark 15:20–21; Luke 23:26; John 19:16

Daughters of Jerusalem, Weep Not for Me

And there followed him a great company of people, and of women, which also bewailed and lamented him.

But Jesus turning unto them said, “Daughters of Jerusalem, weep not for me, but weep for yourselves, and for your children. For, behold, the days are coming, in the which they shall say, ‘Blessed are the barren, and the wombs that never bare, and the paps which never gave suck.’

“Then shall they begin to say to the mountains, ‘Fall on us, and to the hills, cover us.’

“For if they do these things in a green tree, what shall be done in the dry?”

Luke 23:27–31

A Place Called Golgotha

And when they were come, he bearing his cross went forth unto the place which is called in the Hebrew Golgotha, that is, being interpreted, “The place of a skull.”

And they gave him to drink vinegar, mingled with gall, and when he had tasted thereof, he would not drink, and received it not.

Matt. 27:33–34; Mark 15:22; Luke 23:33; John 19:17

There They Crucified Him

And it was the third hour, and there they crucified him.

Then said Jesus, “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.”

With him were there two thieves crucified, on either side one, the one on his right hand, and the other on his left, and Jesus in the midst.

And the scripture was fulfilled, which saith, “And he was numbered with the transgressors.”

Matt. 27:38; Mark 15:25,27–28 Luke 23:33b; John 19:18; Isaiah 53:12b

The Superscription of His Accusation

And Pilate wrote a title, a superscription of his accusation, written and set up over his head on the cross. And it was written in letters of Greek, and Latin, and Hebrew, “THIS IS JESUS OF NAZARETH, THE KING OF THE JEWS.”

This title then read many of the Jews: for the place where Jesus was crucified was nigh to the city. Then said the chief priests of the Jews to Pilate, “Write not, ‘The King of the Jews,’ but that he said, ‘I am King of the Jews.’”

Pilate answered, “What I have written, I have written.”

Matthew 27:37; Mark 15:26; Luke 23:38; John 19:19–22

They Parted My Garments Among Them

Then he soldiers, when they had crucified him, they parted his garments, and made four parts, to every soldier a part, and also his coat—now the coat was without seam, woven from the top throughout.

And they said therefore among themselves, “Let us not rend it, but cast lots for it, what every man should take,” that the scripture might be fulfilled, which was spoken by the prophet, “They parted my garments among them, and upon my vesture did they cast lots.”

And sitting down they watched him there. These things therefore the soldiers did.

Matt. 27:35–36; Mark 15:24; Luke 23:34b–34c; John 19:23–24; Psalms 22:17b–18

Save Thyself and Come Down from the Cross

And the people stood, beholding. And they that passed by railed on him, wagging their heads, and saying, “Ah, thou that destroyest the temple, and buildest it in three days, save thyself. If thou be the Son of God, come down from the cross.”

And likewise also the chief priests and the rulers also with them mocked and derided him, with the scribes and elders, and said among themselves, “He saved others, himself he cannot save. If he be Christ, the King of Israel, the chosen of God, let him now come down from the cross, and we will see and believe him.

“He trusted in God. Let him deliver him now, if he will have him, for he said, ‘I am the Son of God.’”

And the soldiers also mocked him, coming to him, and offering him vinegar, and saying, “If thou be the king of the Jews, save thyself.”

Matt. 27:39-43; Mark 15:29-32; Luke 23:35-37

To Day Shalt Thou Be with Me in Paradise

And one of the malefactors, which were crucified with him, reviled him and cast the same in his teeth, saying, “If thou be the Christ, save thyself and us.”

But the other answering rebuked him, saying, “Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation? And we indeed justly, for we receive the due reward of our deeds, but this man hath done nothing amiss.”

And he said unto Jesus, “Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom.”

And Jesus said unto him, “Verily, I say unto thee, to day shalt thou be with me in paradise.”

Matt. 27:44; Mark 15:32b; Luke 23:39–43

Behold Thy Mother

Now there stood by the cross of Jesus his mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Cleophas, and Mary Magdalene.

When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he saith unto his mother, “Woman, behold thy son!”

Then saith he to the disciple, “Behold thy mother! “And from that hour that disciple took her unto his own home.

John 19:25–27

 

Thursday Night, Easter Week

Jesus kneeling in the Garden of Gethsemane. Copyright IRI, Inc. Courtesy Gospel Media, https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/media

Arise, Let Us Go Hence

“Arise, let us go hence.” And when they had sung an hymn, he came out and went as he was wont, to the mount of Olives, and his disciples also followed him.

Matthew 26:30, Mark 14:26, Luke 22:39, John 14:31b

A Place Called Gethsemane

When Jesus had spoken these words, he went forth with his disciples over the brook Cedron unto a place where was a garden which was named Gethsemane, into the which he entered and he saith unto the disciples, “Sit ye here, while I shall go and pray yonder.”

And when he was at the place, he said unto them, “Pray that ye enter not into temptation.” And he taketh with him Peter and James and John, the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be sorrowful, sore amazed and very heavy.

Then saith he unto them, “My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death. Tarry ye here, and watch with me.”

And he went a little further from them, about a stone’s cast, and kneeled down, and fell on his face on the ground, and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass from him. “Abba, o my Father, if thou be willing, all things are possible unto thee. Let this cup pass from me. Nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.”

And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him. And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground.

And when he rose up from prayer, and was come unto the disciples, he found them sleeping for sorrow, and saith unto Peter, “Simon, sleepest thou? What, could ye not watch with me one hour? Watch ye and pray, lest ye enter into temptation. The spirit truly is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

And again, he went away the second time, and prayed and spake the same words, saying, “O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done.”
And when he returned and he found them asleep again—for their eyes were heavy—neither wist they what to answer him. And he left them, and went away again, and prayed the third time, saying the same words.

Then he cometh the third time and saith unto them, “Sleep on now, and take your rest. Behold, it is enough, the hour is at hand, and the Son of man is betrayed into the hands of sinners.
“Rise, let us be going—behold, he is at hand that doth betray me.”

Matt. 26:36–46; Mark 14:32–42; Luke 22:40–46; John 18:1