Saint John Chapter 3 Review

The Gospel According to St John: John Chapter Three: Please open the following link to read chapter three: https://www.lds.org/scriptures/nt/john/3?lang=eng
Christ with Nicodemus at Night

In this chapter, we learn that it is crucial for us to believe on the name of Jesus Christ, accept Him as our Savior, and be born again through baptism.

A Pharisee and ruler of the Jews named Nicodemus visited Jesus. He recognized that Jesus was from God.

In verses 3-7, Jesus taught Nicodemus that all must be baptized by water and by the Holy Ghost in order to be saved in the kingdom of God:

“Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.

“Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born?

“Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.

“That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.

“Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.”

Jesus further teaches us that He Himself is the Savior; that He would be lifted up upon the cross to die for us. Because He had the power to rise again, He can also lift us up out of our sinful state by providing us the privilege of being born again through baptism and faith on His name; and, He will also lift us up from death in the resurrection.

In verses 16-17, perhaps the best-known scriptures to the Christian world, Jesus testified that this was His Father’s Plan, to send His only Begotten Son to save us through faith in His name and obedience to His ordinances and commandments:

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

‘For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.”

In verses 18-21, we learn that believing on Jesus will save us from condemnation:

“He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

“And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.

“For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.

“But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.”

Jesus and John and their disciples performed baptisms. John knew that his ministry was to point people to Jesus. John supports Jesus and His works, and he declares His divinity. John knows that God gave the greater measure of priesthood and authority to His Only Begotten Son.

“The Father loveth the Son, and hath given all things into his hand.

“He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him” (vs. 35-36).

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Saint John 2 Reflections

The Gospel According to St John: John Chapter Two: Please open the following link to read chapter two: https://www.lds.org/scriptures/nt/john/2?lang=eng

A family member’s wedding was held in Cana of Galilee. Mary was the hostess. Jesus and His disciples were in attendance at the wedding.

When they ran out of wine, Jesus provided new wine. The governor said that it was the best wine, not understanding how they’d have such good wine at the end of the festivities.

This was the first of Jesus’s recorded miracles. We can ask why Jesus performed this miracle. Was it because of His love for His mother? Was it to make the guests more comfortable? Was it just because He could? Or was it because family weddings are important events? Or maybe some other reason? Needless to say, no one else has done this when they’ve ran out of refreshments at their own weddings.

After the wedding, Jesus went to Capernaum with His family and His disciples for a short time.

After that, Jesus went to Jerusalem for the Passover. Here He cleansed the temple of the buyers and the sellers, and He said, “Take these things hence; make not my Father’s house an house of merchandize” (vs. 16). Jehovah had taught the Jews not to exact usury of their brethren, and here He truly was upset that they were seeking gain (from those who may have traveled great distances) in selling animals to be used as sacrifice.

The Jews questioned Jesus’s authority to do those things which He did. They asked, “What sign shewest thou unto us, seeing that thou doest these things (vs. 18)? Jesus answered that He was the resurrection, when He said, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up” (vs. 19).

Many believed in Him because of the miracles; but when the miracles ceased, they stopped believing.

If we have felt Jesus’s love and power, will we stop believing when things don’t go just as we want them to go? Or will we turn to Him, praise Him, and still seek to do His will?

Jesus can elevate us if we take hold of His hand. Put your hand in the hand of The Man from Galilee.

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Put Your Hand In The Hand” was written by Mac Lellan, Gene.

Chorus:
Put your hand in the hand of the man who stilled the waters
Put your hand in the hand of the man who calmed the sea
Take a look at yourself and you can look at the others differently
By puttin’ your hand in the hand of the man from Galilee

Every time I look into the Holy Book, I wanna tremble
When I read about the part where a carpenter cleared the temple
For the buyers and the sellers were no different fellers
Than what I confess to be
And it causes me shame to know I’m not the gal (guy) that I should be

Chorus–

Mama taught me how to pray before I reached the age of seven
And when I’m down on my knees, that’s when I’m close to heaven
Daddy lived his life for eight kids and wife, you do what you must do
But he showed me enough of what it takes to get you through

Chorus–x3

Songwriters
Mac Lellan, Gene

Saint John 1 Reflections

The Gospel According to St John: John Chapter One: Please open the following link to read chapter one: https://www.lds.org/scriptures/nt/john/1?lang=eng

In verses 1 through 14, John testifies of Jesus Christ’s divinity:

Jesus is the Word of God;

Jesus created all things;

Jesus gave us life;

Jesus is the Light that is in all things;

His Light is in us.

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In verse six, John the Beloved tells us that John the Baptist came as a forerunner and witness of Jesus Christ. In verse nine, we read that Jesus is the true Light and all of us are born with the Light of Christ. In verse ten, we find out the Jesus created the world, came to the world, and He was not recognized as the Creator. Verses twelve and thirteen are very comforting, because here we come to understand that if we will believe on Jesus Christ and receive Him as our Lord and Savior, He will give us power to become the sons and daughters of God and gain an everlasting inheritance with Him. We need to be born again unto God by accepting the gospel and doing His will. We do this through our faith in Jesus Christ, repentance of our sins, baptism by immersion by proper priesthood authority, and then receiving the Gift of the Holy Ghost by the laying on of hands.

And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begottenof the Father,) full of grace and truth” (vs. 14).

The Joseph Smith Translation of John Chapter One provides even more clarity to these insights. You can read that account here: https://www.lds.org/scriptures/jst/jst-john/1

John further testifies of Jesus in verses 15-18:

Jesus was before all of us;

He is the First Born of all of Heavenly Father’s spirit children;

He is like unto God the Father.

In verse nineteen we find that John gave the aforementioned witness to those messengers of the priests and Levites (and Pharisees) whom the Jews sent from Jerusalem to inquire of John, “Who art thou?

And he confessed, and denied not; but confessed, “I am not the Christ (vs. 20).

He said, “I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make straight the way of the Lord, as said the prophet Esaias” (vs. 23).

The Pharisees went on to ask why John baptized in the name of Christ. John used this opportunity to testify of Him. “I baptize with water: but there standeth one among you, whom ye know not; He it is, who coming after me is preferred before me, whose shoe’s latchet I am not worthy to unloose” (vs. 26-27).

The very next day, Jesus Himself came to John to be baptized. When John saw Jesus approaching, He said, “Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world. This is He of whom I said, After me cometh a man which is preferred before me” (vs. 29-30).

John was told prior to this that he would receive a sign as a witness of the Savior. And he bore record, “I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon Him” (vs. 32). Then John bore record that Jesus is the Son of God (vs. 34). “Behold the Lamb of God” (vs 36)!

John pointed his disciples to Jesus. Andrew had been a disciple of John. When John told him that Jesus was the Son of God, Andrew then followed Jesus. Andrew introduced Peter to Jesus. Later Peter became Jesus’s senior apostle. May believed and were called to follow Jesus.

Many believe and are called to follow Jesus still. If we search the scriptures, we will find the testimonies of many prophets besides John. They have introduced us to Jesus. Have we heard His voice, believed in Him, and accepted His call to “Come, Follow Me?”

And now, after the many testimonies which have been given of Him, this is the testimony, last of all, which we give of him: That He lives!

For we saw Him, even on the right hand of God; and we heard the voice bearing record that He is the Only Begotten of the Father—

“That by Him, and through Him, and of Him, the worlds are and were created, and the inhabitants thereof are begotten sons and daughters unto God” (Joseph Smith and Sidney Rigdon; Doctrine and Covenants 76:22-24).

How does your understanding of Jesus as Lord and Savior influence you from day to day?

It’s Easter: Reflections on My Savior’s Redeeming Grace

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It’s Easter. I cannot adequately express my gratitutde for Jesus Christ. Too often I take His gift for granted. I cannot comprehend it. But I enjoy the benefits of His gift every single day of my life.

I love being a part of this world He created. I am privileged to have eyes to see and take in the beauty. I have legs to walk (and a car to drive) to get me to new sites and wonders. I have air to breathe.

I have a family who loves and sustains me. Both my earthly family and my Father up above. I have a home to share with my husband, and children who have grown into wonderful adults. And I have grandchildren!

I have my testimony that God lives and He loves me, and that He gave His Son to both die and live for me; and His Son willingly did His Father’s bidding and atoned for me, so that I can be made One with them.

I have my belief and hope in Christ, that He will raise me up at the last day; and that He will raise you up, too. My family has been blessed and will forever find blessing in His goodness and His grace. Yes, like with Martha, Jesus was there when my brother died, and as the resurrection and the life, He will raise my brother in the resurrection, just as Lazarus was raised from the dead to complete his own earthly mission. Jesus’s heavenly mission is to give us all the opportunity to choose eternal life and be raised to live with Him and His Father.

He was there when each cherished family member was born, when each had trials or successes, and when each died. He cares for us all intimately. He is not a distracted God. He is involved in the daily affairs in the lives of all His creations. He has too much invested in us all to be otherwise. He who bought us with all the energy of His Perfect Soul, suffering incomprehensibily in both body and spirit, is keyly invested in our success and salvation, supplying His grace so that we might choose exaltation.

My gratitude wells up as a spring of living waters that Jesus provided. My hope in the resurrection is sustenance to me. So many family members whom I can no longer see with my mortal vision, I can still envision with an eye of hope, and they will be there to greet me when I die; and Jesus will raise us all to glory in the resurrection.

My testimony is small, but I cherish it. Find your testimony in the words of the prophets and apostles who have written of Him. Find your testimony in the power of the Holy Ghost who will ever witness of Him. Find your testimony in doing good works of service as He did. And find your testimony in humbly doing the will of the Father and in obeying His commandments, even when your temporary desires might tug at you to do otherwise.

If we all drink from the bitter cup, from time to time, with faith in Him, we will not shrink! He never did shrink or shirk His responsbility to feed His Father’s sheep. And in Him we are fed and find sustaining grace through His sacrifice for us.

I will ever be grateful for His sustaining influence and power in my life, that He leads and guides me, and walks beside me. I love Him, because He first loved me, and His love is everlasting.

Happy Easter! May we praise the name of Jesus Christ forevermore.

Saint Luke 24 Reflections

The Gospel According to St Luke: Luke Chapter Twenty-four: Read here:

https://www.lds.org/scriptures/nt/luke/24?lang=eng

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Road to Emmaus, by Greg Olsen

Resurrection Sunday: Luke 24:1-9:

(At the close of Chapter 23, we read that the women followed to see where Jesus was laid on Friday, before the old Sabbath began. They prepared spices and ointments for Jesus’s burial, and then rested on the Sabbath day, returning to care for His body early Sunday Morning.)

Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulchre, bringing the spices which they had prepared, and certain others with them.

And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulcher, and two angels standing by it in shining garments.

And they entered into the sepulcher, and not finding the body of the Lord Jesus, they were much perplexed thereabout; And were affrighted, and bowed down their faces to the earth. But behold the angels said unto them,

Why seek ye the living among the dead (JST in italics)?

He is not here, but is risen: remember how he spake unto you when he was yet in Galilee, Saying,

“The Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.”

And they remembered his words, And returned from the sepulchre, and told all these things unto the eleven, and to all the rest.

The Apostles Don’t Believe the Women’s Report: Luke 24:10-11:

It was Mary Magdalene, and Joanna, and Mary the mother of James, and other women that were with them, which told these things unto the apostles.

And their words seemed to them as idle tales, and they believed them not.

Do we have believing hearts? Do we listen to the testimony of others with a hope to believe in good news? Do we do as Peter did, and try to find out for ourselves? Or do we dismiss those things as unreal that we cannot yet comprehend?

Peter Ran to Find Out for Himself: Luke 24:12:

Then arose Peter, and ran unto the sepulchre; and stooping down, he beheld the linen clothes laid by themselves, and departed, wondering in himself at that which was come to pass.

The Senior Apostle ran to see and wondered. I’m certain that he hoped it was true, even if he did not yet understand.

On the Road to Emmaus: Luke 24:13-24:

And, behold, two of them went that same day to a village called Emmaus, which was from Jerusalem about threescore furlongs. And they talked together of all these things which had happened.

And it came to pass, that, while they communed together and reasoned, Jesus himself drew near, and went with them. But their eyes were holden that they should not know him.

And he said unto them,

“What manner of communications are these that ye have one to another, as ye walk, and are sad?”

And the one of them, whose name was Cleopas, answering said unto him,

“Art thou only a stranger in Jerusalem, and hast not known the things which are come to pass there in these days?”

And he said unto them,

“What things?”

And they said unto him,

“Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, which was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people: And how the chief priests and our rulers delivered him to be condemned to death, and have crucified him.

“But we trusted that it had been he which should have redeemed Israel: and beside all this, to day is the third day since these things were done.

“Yea, and certain women also of our company made us astonished, which were early at the sepulchre; And when they found not his body, they came, saying, that they had also seen a vision of angels, which said that he was alive.

“And certain of them which were with us went to the sepulchre, and found it even so as the women had said: but him they saw not.”

Here the two disciples recount the events of the day to Jesus. Peter was not the only one that ran to the tomb. John’s testimony points out that the disciple that Jesus loved (John didn’t like to name himself) also ran with Peter and got to the tomb first; but, he allowed Peter to enter first.

Do we ever allow our grief to block our vision? When there are things that we do not understand, do we just mull over those events without seeking wisdom from Him who knows all things. There is always great comfort and sustaining power in seeking the Lord’s grace during our times of loss and sorrow.

Jesus Chastised and Taught These Two Disciples: Luke 24:25-27:

Then he said unto them,

“O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken:

Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory?”

And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.

How well do we know our scriptures? How well do we know the history of the prophets and their testimonies of Jesus Christ? Do we abandon those things that we believe when events do not quickly coincide with our limited vision? Do we trust in those impressions of our heart and our spiritual reservoirs when things don’t go according to our plans and when our grief is deep?

Jesus Dines with These Two Disciples: Luke 24:28-32:

And they drew nigh unto the village, whither they went: and he made as though he would have gone further. But they constrained him, saying,

“Abide with us: for it is toward evening, and the day is far spent.”

And he went in to tarry with them.

And it came to pass, as he sat at meat with them, he took bread, and blessed it, and brake, and gave to them. And their eyes were opened, and they knew him; and he vanished out of their sight.

And they said one to another,

Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures?”

The Holy Ghost often testifies to us of truth through a warmth or “burning” within our hearts. Their eyes had been opened so that they did see Jesus for who He was and they knew it was He; but, the real testimony came through the Spirit testifying to their spirits.

The Two Disciples Returned (to Jerusalem) to Report: Luke 24:33-35:

And they rose up the same hour, and returned to Jerusalem, and found the eleven gathered together, and them that were with them, Saying,

The Lord is risen indeed, and hath appeared to Simon.”

And they told what things were done in the way, and how he was known of them in breaking of bread.

Can we not also come to know Him in the breaking of bread? The sacrament is an important, even a crucial, event in so many ways; and it cannot be a one-time event, or we would starve.

The sacrament gives us the opportunity to put right those wrongs which we do, relying on the Lord to help us remove or carry our burdens. The sacrament helps us to adore and love the Lord who has suffered all things for us and given us life. The sacrament gives us the opportunity to covenant to always remember the Lord, so we need to partake often so that we do not forget. And with our promise to Him, He promises us that we will always have His Spirit to be with us.

Yes, communion with the Lord is important as we dine at His sacrament table. Here we can come to know Him.

These two disciples were properly prepared before partaking of bread with Jesus. They talked about Him and remembered Him. Our thoughts should also be with Jesus when we partake of the emblems of his body and blood.

Jesus Appeared to His Apostles: Luke 24:36-43:

(Jesus appeared, not as a mortal man, but as the Resurrected Lord, with body of flesh and bone!)

And as they thus spake, Jesus himself stood in the midst of them, and saith unto them,

“Peace be unto you.”

But they were terrified and affrighted, and supposed that they had seen a spirit.

And he said unto them,

“Why are ye troubled? and why do thoughts arise in your hearts?

Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have.”

And when he had thus spoken, he shewed them his hands and his feet.

And while they yet believed not for joy, and wondered, he said unto them,

“Have ye here any meat?”

And they gave him a piece of a broiled fish, and of an honeycomb.

And he took it, and did eat before them.

He was again both a physical and spiritual Being. He ate with them.

Jesus Taught Them and Opened Their Understanding; They are His Witnesses: Luke 24:44-49:

And he said unto them,

“These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me.”

Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures,

And said unto them,

Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day: And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.

And ye are witnesses of these things.

And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.”

We are endowed with power from on high in the Holy Temples. Our missionaries, our elders and our sisters, must receive their temple endowment before they enter into the mission field as the Lord’s servants. This was also true for His witnesses at the time of His resurrection.

Jesus Blessed Them and Returned to Heaven: Luke 24:50-53:

And he led them out as far as to Bethany, and he lifted up his hands, and blessed them.

And it came to pass, while he blessed them, he was parted from them, and carried up into heaven.

And they worshipped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy: And were continually in the temple, praising and blessing God. Amen.

The Power of Positive Singing

Thank you for the music.

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During a pensive moment in the musical Camelot, Arthur and Guinevere discuss in song how the ordinary people in their kingdom keep their spirits up in spite of their struggles.

Guinevere poses the question:
“What else do the simple folk do
To pluck up the heart and get through?

To which Arthur responds:
“Once, upon the road, I came upon a lad
Singing in a voice three times his size
When I asked him why, he told me he was sad
And singing always made his spirits rise
And that’s what simple folk do
I surmise.”[1]

In a study published in the May 2015 issue of the scientific journal Atherosclerosis, researchers showed a connection between music and healthy cardiovascular performance. I quote from their conclusion: “According to our study, music, both classical and rock, decreases aortic stiffness and wave reflections. Effect on aortic stiffness lasts for as…

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St Luke 23 Reflections

The Gospel According to St Luke: Luke Chapter Twenty-three: Read here:

https://www.lds.org/scriptures/nt/luke/23?lang=eng

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Jesus was Delivered to Pilate: Luke 23:1-5:

And the whole multitude of them arose, and led him unto Pilate.

And they began to accuse him, saying,

“We found this fellow perverting the nation, and forbidding to give tribute to Cæsar, saying that he himself is Christ a King.”

And Pilate asked him, saying,

“Art thou the King of the Jews?”

And he answered him and said,

“Thou sayest it.”

Then said Pilate to the chief priests and to the people,

“I find no fault in this man.”

And they were the more fierce, saying,

“He stirreth up the people, teaching throughout all Jewry, beginning from Galilee to this place.”

Pilate Sent Jesus to Herod: Luke 23:6-11:

When Pilate heard of Galilee, he asked whether the man were a Galilæan. And as soon as he knew that he belonged unto Herod’s jurisdiction, he sent him to Herod, who himself also was at Jerusalem at that time.

And when Herod saw Jesus, he was exceeding glad: for he was desirous to see him of a long season, because he had heard many things of him; and he hoped to have seen some miracle done by him.

Then he questioned with him in many words; but he answered him nothing. And the chief priests and scribes stood and vehemently accused him. And Herod with his men of war set him at nought, and mocked him, and arrayed him in a gorgeous robe, and sent him again to Pilate.

Herod wanted to see a miracle. Jesus didn’t deliver what he wanted, so he sent him back to Pilate. Do we easily dismiss the good news of the gospel because we do not get the sign we are looking for? Do we reject Jesus? Do we reject our leaders, because we think we know how God should behave, as if we have more omniscience than He does?

Pilate Finds No Fault in Jesus (and Wants to Release Him): Luke 23:11-17:

And the same day Pilate and Herod were made friends together: for before they were at enmity between themselves.

And Pilate, when he had called together the chief priests and the rulers and the people, Said unto them,

“Ye have brought this man unto me, as one that perverteth the people: and, behold, I, having examined him before you, have found no fault in this man touching those things whereof ye accuse him: No, nor yet Herod: for I sent you to him; and, lo, nothing worthy of death is done unto him. I will therefore chastise him, and release him.”

(For of necessity he must release one unto them at the feast.)

Although Pilate found no fault in Jesus, he still would have Jesus chastised to appease the angry mob. And Herod, also finding no fault, had treating Jesus shamefully and mocked Him. Where is the justice in that?

What made Pilate and Herod friends this day?

The Crowd Called for Pilate to Crucify Jesus: Luke 23:18-24:

And they cried out all at once, saying,

“Away with this man, and release unto us Barabbas”:

(Who for a certain sedition made in the city, and for murder, was cast into prison.)

Pilate therefore, willing to release Jesus, spake again to them. But they cried, saying,

“Crucify him, crucify him.”

And he said unto them the third time,

“Why, what evil hath he done? I have found no cause of death in him: I will therefore chastise him, and let him go.”

And they were instant with loud voices, requiring that he might be crucified. And the voices of them and of the chief priests prevailed.

And Pilate gave sentence that it should be as they required.

Pilate wanted to release Jesus. Three times he said that he found no fault in Jesus. But he allowed the voices of the chief priests to prevail over his own best judgment.

Pilate would have had Jesus chastised without fault to appease the angry mobs. Isn’t that a weakness? Instead, he kept questioning the mobs and yielded his decision to theirs to have Jesus killed. What kind of leadership is that? What kind of a ruler, what kind of a judge would do that?

He had Jesus killed so that he could be popular with the people. To what ends do politicians and political leaders stoop to gain or retain their offices? Can’t we see the answer to that with the vote for traditional marriage being overturned in so many states to appease the angry mobs?

Pilate Sent Jesus to Be Crucified: Luke 23:25-27:

And he released unto them him that for sedition and murder was cast into prison, whom they had desired; but he delivered Jesus to their will.

And as they led him away, they laid hold upon one Simon, a Cyrenian, coming out of the country, and on him they laid the cross, that he might bear it after Jesus.

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

Jesus Prophesied of Difficult Times Ahead for Jews and Believers: Luke 23:28-31:

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 tree?

This he spake, signifying the scattering of Israel, and the desolation of the heathen, or in other words, the Gentiles (JST in italics).

Jesus was a young, green tree, both righteous and fruitful. Yet He suffered all.

Jesus was Crucified: Luke 23:32-46:

And there were also two other, malefactors, led with him to be put to death.

And when they were come to the place, which is called Calvary, there they crucified him, and the malefactors, one on the right hand, and the other on the left.

Then said Jesus,

Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do” (Meaning the soldiers who crucified him). And they parted his raiment, and cast lots (JST in italics).

And the people stood beholding. And the rulers also with them derided him, saying,

“He saved others; let him save himself, if he be Christ, the chosen 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.”

And a superscription also was written over him in letters of Greek, and Latin, and Hebrew,

THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS.”

While on the Cross, Jesus Gives Hope to Another: Luke 23:39-43:

And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on him, saying,

“If thou be 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.”

And it was about the sixth hour, and there was a darkness over all the earth until the ninth hour. And the sun was darkened, and the veil of the temple was rent in the midst.

And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said,

Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit”: and having said thus, he gave up the ghost.

There were Those who Recognized Jesus as Lord: Luke 23: 47-56:

Now when the centurion saw what was done, he glorified God, saying,

“Certainly this was a righteous man.”

And all the people that came together to that sight, beholding the things which were done, smote their breasts, and returned.

And all his acquaintance, and the women that followed him from Galilee, stood afar off, beholding these things.

And, behold, there was a man named Joseph, a counsellor; and he was a good man, and a just: (The same had not consented to the counsel and deed of them;) he was of Arimathæa, a city of the Jews: who also himself waited for the kingdom of God.

This man went unto Pilate, and begged the body of Jesus. And he took it down, and wrapped it in linen, and laid it in a sepulchre that was hewn in stone, wherein never man before was laid.

And that day was the preparation, and the sabbath drew on.

And the women also, which came with him from Galilee, followed after, and beheld the sepulchre, and how his body was laid.

And they returned, and prepared spices and ointments; and rested the sabbath day according to the commandment.