Crucifixion

Learning more about the Savior’s Crucifixion can help us come closer to Jesus Christ and find increased peace and happiness through him. President James E. Faust taught, “Any increase in our understanding of [Christ’s] atoning sacrifice draws us closer to Him.” Better understanding any aspect of Christ’s Atonement—including his Crucifixion—can deepen our relationship with him. And the stronger our relationship with the Savior, the more we can feel his mercy and grace. Through him, we can experience greater love, joy, and strength in our lives.

Among Christ’s first words when he visited the Nephites were “Come forth…that ye may know that I…have been slain for the sins of the world” (3 Nephi 11:14, emphasis added). When defining his gospel he said, “My Father sent me that I might be lifted up upon the cross” (3 Nephi 27:14, emphasis added).

Some of us might not have yet carefully studied the Savior’s gift from Golgotha, perhaps focusing on other important aspects of his Atonement. The purpose of this page is to provide resources to deepen your study of the life-changing power of Christ’s Crucifixion.

Considering the Cross

Over the past three years I’ve been writing the book Considering the Cross: How Calvary Connects Us with Christ. It’s been an exhilarating process, in which I’ve felt continual inspiration—I hope you’ll feel inspired as you read it.

In endorsing Considering the Cross, Robert Millet, former Dean of Religion at BYU, wrote, “This study of the cross in the restored gospel is a must-read!” Sister Virginia Pearce Cowley, former First Counselor in the Young Women General Presidency, wrote, “This book truly deepened my love for and appreciation of the Savior.” David Butler of “Don’t Miss This,” called Considering the Cross “groundbreaking.” I encourage you to take a look at the book. You can order Considering the Cross on Amazon or at Deseret Book (audio and e-book versions at Deseret Book). You can also sign up to receive a free chapter here.

Here are some additional resources to better understand how the Savior’s sacrifice on Calvary can draw us closer to him. (See also this list of books).

Articles

“Teaching the Scriptural Emphasis on the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ,” by John Hilton III

“The Teachings of Church Leaders Regarding the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ: 1852–2018,” by John Hilton III, Emily K. Hyde, and McKenna Grace Trussel

“Joseph Smith, Gethsemane, and the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ,” by John Hilton III

“The Use of Gethsemane by Church Leaders, 1859–2018,” by John Hilton III and Joshua Barringer (focuses mostly on Gethsemane, but has some interesting insights regarding statements comparing Gethsemane and Christ’s Crucifixion).

“Teachings of Church Leaders on Christ’s Final Seven Statements,” by John Hilton III, Megan Cutler, and Emily K. Hyde.

“Latter-day Saints and Images of Christ’s Crucifixion,” by John Hilton III, Anthony Sweat, and Josh Stratford

“Preaching Jesus, and Him Crucified,” by Eric Huntsman

“Glorying in the Cross of Christ,” by Robert Millet

“What Happened to the Cross?,” by Robert Millet

“Christ’s Crucifixion: Reclamation of the Cross,” by Gaye Strathearn

“The Search for the Physical Cause of Jesus Christ’s Death,” by W. Reid Litchfield

“Jesus and the Cross: How the cross became Christianity’s most popular symbol,” by Steven Shisley

Podcasts

“The Atoning Crucifixion,” (Podcast with John Hilton III)

“The Symbol of the Cross “(Podcast with Gaye Strathearn)

Follow Him Podcast episode on Christ’s Crucifixion (with Hank Smith, John Bytheway, and John Hilton III)

“Connecting Others to Jesus Through the Cross at Calvary | An Interview with John Hilton III” by Leading LDS.

A Course, Blog Posts, and Music

You might be interested in exploring my course on the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ.

I’ve also made several blog posts that explore what the scriptures and church leaders have taught about Christ’s Crucifixion. I’m continuing to add more, you can read them here.

One way to deepen our understanding of Christ’s Crucifixion is through music. Here’s a link to a playlist of some of my favorite contemporary music that focuses on Calvary.

Videos

Why don’t Latter-day Saints use the cross? (by Saints Unscripted) (Highly recommended!)

“What was Crucifixion Like?” (by Messages of Christ) (Highly recommended!)

Short videos by John Hilton III on aspects of Christ’s Crucifixion

All Four Gospel Accounts of Christ’s Trial Before Pilate (Using Lumos Videos)

All Four Gospel Accounts of Christ’s Crucifixion (Using Lumos Videos)

“Crucified for the Sins of the World,” (Lecture by John Hilton III at BYU’s Museum of Art)

“Joseph Smith, Gethsemane, and the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ” (Sperry Symposium Presentation by John Hilton III).

Key Scriptural Passages

The Bible, Book of Mormon and Doctrine and Covenants extensively teach about the importance of the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ. You can read my article about the scriptural emphasis on Christ’s Crucifixion, which refers to the below lists of key scriptures.

Synopsis Handouts

A powerful way to know understand Christ’s Crucifixion is to do a side-by-side reading of what Matthew, Mark, Luke and John teach about the Savior’s atoning sacrifice. Finding the similarities and differences between the accounts can highlight important lessons. Below is a list of documents that you can use to do your own side-by-side study. For your convenience, I’ve included with both the KJV and NRSV Bible translations (why two translations?), in both Word and PDF documents. Enjoy! Synopsis handouts for other sections can be found here.

You might also be interested in this video synopsis version.