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).
“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).
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.
Why don’t Latter-day Saints use the cross? (by Saints Unscripted) (Highly recommended!)
“What was Crucifixion Like?” (by Messages of Christ) (Highly recommended!)
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.
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.