The Resurrection: The Final Hours of Jesus Christ – Part 3

The Resurrection of ChristThis PDF is part 3 of 3 of a compilation of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John from the King James Version of the Holy Bible. In Part 3, we read verses concerning the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, is appearance to Mary of Magdalene and his disciples, and his commission to the Apostles to preach the gospel. (Read Part 1 here and Part 2 here.)

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To understand why I’ve created this compilation, I invite you to read the introduction in the PDF. In short, this is driven first and foremost by my love for and testimony in the Savior Jesus Christ as our Redeemer. Second, I wanted to create a compilation of the Four Gospels to help tell a complete picture of the final and most important events in the Savior’s life (indeed, for all of humankind). I’ve included a portion of the text below, but to get the full effect, you should read the color-coded version by downloading the PDF.
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The Trial & Crucifixion: The Final Hours of Jesus Christ – Part 2

The Trial and Crucifixion of Christ

This PDF is part 2 of 3 of a compilation of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John from the King James Version of the Holy Bible. Specifically, Part 2 is a combination of verses about the trial of Jesus Christ before the leaders of the Jews, his arraignment before Pontius Pilate, and Christ’s crucifixion on Calvary. (Read Part 1 here.)

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To understand why I’ve created this compilation, I invite you to read the introduction in the PDF. In short, this is driven first and foremost by my love for and testimony in the Savior Jesus Christ as our Redeemer. Second, I wanted to create a compilation of the Four Gospels to help tell a complete picture of the final and most important events in the Savior’s life (indeed, for all of humankind). I’ve included a portion of the text below, but to get the full effect, you should read the color-coded version by downloading the PDF.

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The Last Supper & Betrayal: The Final Hours of Jesus Christ – Part 1

Last Supper and BetrayalThis PDF is a compilation of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John from the King James Version of the Holy Bible. Specifically, it is a combination of verses about the Last Supper, the Savior’s time in Gethsemane, and his betrayal by Judas.

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(You can also read Part 2 or Part 3)

As a Mormon, I believe in Jesus Christ. And like all Christians, I have found great joy in reading from the Holy Bible. Some of my favorite passages are found within the Four Gospels of The New Testament. I love the unique perspectives each of the four gospel writers brings to the life of Jesus Christ.

Sometimes, these different perspectives can cause confusion or even appear contradictory. Because of this, I thought it would be fun to bring all the texts together into one combined document. In Part 1, I present the events of the Last Supper, the Savior in the Garden of Gethsemane, and the betrayal of Jesus by Judas. I’ve included a portion of the text below, but to get the full effect, you should read the color-coded version. You can download the full, color-coded version PDF here.

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A God of Miracles – Two Bible Videos

In The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ, two verses ask though-provoking questions:

“And who shall say that Jesus Christ did not do many mighty miracles? And there were many mightly miracles wrought by the hands of the apostles.

“And if there were miracles wrought then, why has God ceased to be a God of miracles and yet be an unchangeable being? And behold, I say unto you he changeth not…and is a God of miracles” —Mormon 9:18-19

The point is clear. God is a God of miracles. He always has been and always will be. When Jesus was on the earth, he performed many miracles. His Apostles, after Him, did so as well. With that in mind, I wanted to share 2 Bible Videos from BibleVideos.org that illustrate the miracles performed by Jesus and His Apostles.

The first is the story of Jesus healing a many with palsy, found in Mark 2: 1-12.

The second is a video depicting Acts 3: 1-8 when Peter and John heal a man who had been crippled since birth.

And like the prophet in the Book of Mormon stated, God was a God of miracles, and He is so now. I will end this post with another verse from that chapter:

Behold, I say unto you that whoso believeth in Christ, doubting nothing, whatsoever he shall ask the Father in the name of Christ it shall be granted him; and this promise is unto all, eve unto the ends of the earth” —Mormon 9:21

Treasures In Heaven: Jesus Teaches the Sermon on the Mount (Video)

During Christ’s ministry he taught a famous sermon now called “the Sermon on the Mount.” In a recent Bible video produced by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, a portion of this sermon is depicted. In this sermon, Jesus begins by discussing treasures.

Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:

But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:

For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.—Matthew 6:19-21

After my wife’s freshman year of college she was visiting family in Seattle, Washington when her luggage was stolen. She lost her camera, clothes, shoes, books and other valuables—all things very important to her. All of us, for various reasons, have possessions that we deem treasures.

While it was sad and frustrating for her to lose some of these earthly treasures (quite literally by a thief), they were just objects. Don’t get me wrong, these were important valuable things, things that she needed. But this unfortunate event illustrates exactly what Jesus talked about. Our earthly things are not lasting. They can be stolen. They can be broken. They can be lost. Our heavenly treasures, if we take the time to build them, will last forever.

So what are the heavenly treasures that Jesus spoke of? After all, once this life is over, we will not be taking with us our car, our house, or job titles. We will not be able to keep our money or other possessions. These things are all temporary. Heavenly treasures are far more important. To me they include less tangible things, like time spent with family, relationships created throughout a lifetime, service to those in need, and ultimately the time and energy we put into becoming better people.

Having this perspective can drastically change what one pursues in life, what one deems as important. Things like a good job and a decent income are all good, but they should never be more important than our heavenly treasures.

What are some of the things you deem as heavenly treasures? What are things you’ve done to help you focus on the more important heavenly treasures, rather than get caught up in earthly things?