The week prior to Easter is known as Holy Week, when Christians around the world remember the last days of the Savior’s earthly ministry that culminated in His sacrifice for all mankind.
A careful study of the scriptures and the significance of the Savior’s atonement can enhance your observance of this important week. Here’s a list of passages that will help you and your family focus on Christ this Easter.
1. Luke 22-24
Several chapters in all four of the synoptic gospels offer a more complete record of the Savior’s atonement, but these two chapters in Luke recount the Last Supper, Christ’s suffering in Gethsemane, His crucifixion and His ultimate resurrection. These chapters are great to review as you remember the significance of the Easter holiday.
2. Isaiah 53:4-6
This brief passage offers significant insight into the personal application of the atonement of Christ. Isaiah’s words teach of the infinite atonement on a personal level, giving us room to reflect on how the atonement has touched our lives.
3. 2 Nephi 9
Though not directly related to the last week of the Savior’s life, the ninth chapter of 2 Nephi in the Book of Mormon is an excellent study of the effects of the atonement of Christ and why it is necessary.
4. Alma 7
This discourse by Alma nicely ties together the ultimate significance of both Christmas and Easter. It recounts the Savior’s birth in Bethlehem and describes his mission as Savior of the world. It also teaches what we must do to claim the blessings of the atonement.
5. Doctrine and Covenants 19:16-19
Like the one in Isaiah, this passage is short but powerful. In these verses, the Savior speaks personally about His suffering for all mankind. His account of the atonement is insightful and touching.