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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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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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?

Book of Mormon Highlights: Abinadi

In my previous Book of Mormon highlight I wrote about Nephi, the first prophet we are introduced to in this book of scripture. This post is about Abinadi (pronounced uh-bin-uh-dye), another prophet whose preachings are recorded in the Book of Mormon.

God has always called prophets—and he often calls them to preach when people are wicked and disobeying His commandments. Think of Noah and how he was told to tell the people to repent or perish in the flood. Abinadi was such a prophet, called to preach to a people that had fallen far away from righteousness and obedience to God’s commandments. His story can be found within the Book of Mormon in the Book of Mosiah chapters 11 to 17. (Read the full account here).

Abinadi in the Book of Mormon
The city Abinadi preaches to was controlled by a wicked King and his priests. Upon hearing Abinadi preach the King has Abinadi imprisoned. When he is presented before the King and his priests for questioning Abinadi begins to teach them the commandments of God, starting with the Ten Commandments and leading up to teaching about Jesus Christ. Abinadi admonishes the priests, telling them they were not fulfilling their duties as priests.

“And now Abinadi said unto them: Are you priests, and pretend to teach this people, and to understand the spirit of prophesying? I say unto you, wo be unto you for perverting the ways of the Lord! For if ye understand these things ye have not taught them….Ye have not applied your hearts to understanding; therefore, ye have not been wise.”—Mosiah 12:25-27

Herein lies a great lesson for all of us: Are we applying our hearts to understand the ways of God? Do we take time each day to study His word? To pray and seek his counsel? I believe all of us can do better at that each day.

As Abinadi continues to lead them through the Ten Commandments and the prophesies of Christ, the King and his priests are amazed and dumfounded at the boldness and power of Abinadi’s teaching. Abinadi concludes his sermon with the command to “teach [the people] that redemption cometh through Christ the Lord (Mosiah 16:15).”

I wish I could say that Abinadi’s words caused the King and his priests to be convinced of their wicked ways. Unfortunately, all but one were angry with Abinadi. The one who believed was named Alma, a man who becomes a significant individual in the Book of Mormon.

Sadly, the King caused that Abinadi be put to death by fire. He gave Abinadi one last chance to deny his words, but Abinadi held true to his words and his faith in God.

“Now Abinadi said unto him: I say unto you, I will not recall the words which I have spoken unto you concerning this people, for they are true; and that ye may know of their surety I have suffered myself that I have fallen into your hands.

“Yea, and I will suffer even until death, and I will not recall my words, and they shall stand as a testimony against you. And if ye slay me ye will shed innocent blood, and this shall also stand as a testimony against you at the last day.”—Mosiah 17:9-10

The story of Abinadi is an amazing example of courage and of faith. I encourage you to read the full account in the Book of Mormon. Click here to request your free copy of the Book of Mormon.