March 22 2016 Easter Devotional by Diane Adair

Welcome by Diane
Testimony by Michele Higginson

Series of Easter videos

Testimony by Maria Evans
Diane talking on Gethsemane
“This is the Christ” sung by Teresa Heath, Accompanied by Leah Anderson
Testimony by Tiff Rich
Diane talking on the Cross

Video – None Were With Him

Musical Number by Denise Williams, Accompanied by Betsy Nagle
Testimony by Gaylene Stephenson
Diane talking on the Resurrection

Quote

“The more we study, pray, and ponder the awesome Atonement, the more we are willing to acknowledge that we are in His and the Father’s hands. Let us ponder, therefore, these final things.

When the unimaginable burden began to weigh upon Christ, it confirmed His long-held and intellectually clear understanding as to what He must now do. His working through began, and Jesus declared: “Now is my soul troubled; and what shall I say? Father, save me from this hour.” Then, whether in spiritual soliloquy or by way of instruction to those about Him, He observed, “But for this cause came I unto this hour.” (John 12:27.)

Later, in Gethsemane, the suffering Jesus began to be “sore amazed” (Mark 14:33), or, in the Greek, “awestruck” and “astonished.”

Imagine, Jehovah, the Creator of this and other worlds, “astonished”! Jesus knew cognitively what He must do, but not experientially. He had never personally known the exquisite and exacting process of an atonement before. Thus, when the agony came in its fulness, it was so much, much worse than even He with his unique intellect had ever imagined! No wonder an angel appeared to strengthen him! (See Luke 22:43.)

The cumulative weight of all mortal sins—past, present, and future—pressed upon that perfect, sinless, and sensitive Soul! All our infirmities and sicknesses were somehow, too, a part of the awful arithmetic of the Atonement. (See Alma 7:11–12; Isa. 53:3–5; Matt. 8:17.) The anguished Jesus not only pled with the Father that the hour and cup might pass from Him, but with this relevant citation. “And he said, Abba, Father, all things are possible unto thee; take away this cup from me.” (Mark 14:35–36.)” – Elder Neal A. Maxwell, “Willing to Submit”, April 1985 General Conference.

Video – For God So Loved the World, with ‘Via Dolorosa’ by Sandi Patti

God be thanked for the matchless gift of His Divine Son