Lesson 26 – “To This End Was I Born”
Taught by Jeff Stone July 10, 2011
This lesson was an excellent and humbling reminder to me of the true sacrifice that is the Atonement. I would highly recommend you study the scriptures listed below.
Scriptures Covered in This Lesson:
- Matthew 26:47–75; Matthew 27:1–26; Matthew 27:27–66;
- Mark 14:43–72; Mark 15:1–15; Mark 15:16–39;
- Luke 22:47–71; Luke 23:1–25; Luke 23:26–56;
- John 18:1–27; John 18:28–19:16; John 19:17–42
Shortly after his agony in Gethsemane, Jesus is betrayed by Judas, who appears with chief priests, Pharisees, and soldiers. Jesus submits himself to his captors, who take him from the garden and subject him to a Jewish trial. He is questioned first by Annas, a former high priest, and then by Caiaphas, Annas’s successor and son-in-law. The chief priests and elders who are present spit on Jesus, mock him, bind him, and accuse him of blasphemy, an offense punishable by death. Outside Caiaphas’s palace, Peter denies that he knows Jesus.
Because the chief priests and elders do not have power to sentence Jesus to death, they send him to be tried by Pontius Pilate, the Roman governor in Judea (Bible Dictionary, “Pilate,” 751). Before Pilate, Jesus is accused of being an enemy to Caesar. Learning that Jesus is from Galilee, Pilate sends him to Herod, a governor over Galilee. Herod refuses to judge Jesus and sends him back to Pilate, who yields to the crowd’s demands that Jesus be crucified.
Jesus is scourged and crucified. On the cross he experiences great agony while offering himself as a sacrifice for mankind.
President Gordon B. Hinckley said:
“My heart goes out to Peter. So many of us are so much like him. We pledge our loyalty; we affirm our determination to be of good courage; we declare, sometimes even publicly, that come what may we will do the right thing, that we will stand for the right cause, that we will be true to ourselves and to others.
“Then the pressures begin to build. Sometimes these are social pressures. Sometimes they are personal appetites. Sometimes they are false ambitions. There is a weakening of the will. There is a softening of discipline. There is capitulation. And then there is remorse, followed by self-accusation and bitter tears of regret. . .
. . . If there be those throughout the Church who by word or act have denied the faith, I pray that you may draw comfort and resolution from the example of Peter, who, though he had walked daily with Jesus, in an hour of extremity momentarily denied the Lord and also the testimony which he carried in his own heart. But he rose above this and became a mighty defender and a powerful advocate. So, too, there is a way for any person to turn about and add his or her strength and faith to the strength and faith of others in building the kingdom of God” (“And Peter Went Out and Wept Bitterly,” Ensign, Mar. 1995, 2–4, 6).
Elder Jeffrey R. Holland said: “Because he must ultimately tread this winepress of redemption unaided, can he endure the darkest moment of them all, the shock of the greatest pain? This comes not with thorns and with nails, but with the terror of feeling utterly alone: . . . ‘My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?’ (Mark 15:34). Can he bear all of our sins and our fear and loneliness too? He did and he does and he will” (in Conference Report, Oct. 1989, 32; or Ensign, Nov. 1989, 26).
President Spencer W. Kimball said: “He needed to die, that he might open the graves of all men as his own tomb was opened. Without the deep darkness of the crucifixion hour, there could have been no spring of coming from the grave (in Conference Report, Apr. 1975, 4; or Ensign, May 1975, 4).
Points To Ponder
While upon the cross, there were 7 key statements that Christ made. Below is each statement along with the scriptural reference. Take the time to study those scriptures and what each statement says about The Savior.
- Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. (Luke 23:34)
- Verily I say unto thee, today shalt thou be with me in paradise. (Luke 23:43)
- Woman, behold thy son! / Behold thy mother! (John 19:26–27)
- My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me (Matthew 27:46; Mark 15:34)
- I thirst. (John 19:28)
- It is finished. (John 19:30)
- Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit. (Luke 23:46)
Additionally, throughout The Savior’s life from before coming to Earth, to his childhood and right up until his death, he was always doing or thinking about His (our) Father’s will