25. "Not My Will, But Thine, Be Done"
The Savior Takes Upon Himself Our Sins and Infirmities
Gethsemane (derived from Hebrew "oil press") was the scene of Jesus' greatest agony, even surpassing that which he suffered on the cross, an understanding supported by Mark's description of Jesus' experience (Mark 14:33-39). The evidence for Jesus' extreme agony in Gethsemane is buttressed by a prophecy in the Book of Mormon (Mosiah 3:7) and a statement by the resurrected Savior recorded in Doctrine and Covenants 19:16, 18.
For Latter-day Saints, it is crucially important to see the agreed-upon and understood fall of man only in the context of the equally agreed-upon and understood redemption of man—redemption provided through the Atonement of Jesus Christ. Thus, one of the most important and oft-quoted lines of Latter-day Saint scripture says, "Adam fell that men might be; and men are, that they might have joy. And the Messiah cometh in the fulness of time, that he may redeem the children of men from the fall" (2 Ne. 2:25-26).
"Jesus' Suffering Visible in the Verb Tense," by S. Kent Brown, BYU New Testament Commentary
The verb tense in Matthew, Mark, and Luke conveys the sense of Jesus' repeated actions. That is, Jesus goes forward, falls, prays, and utters the words of his prayer, then falls, prays, and says the words of his prayer again, and again. It is a reasonable judgment that, before the disciples fall asleep, they witness Jesus moving among the rocks and vegetation, falling and praying, only to repeat his action again and again. It is as if he is struggling to find a body position that lessens the intense pain and discomfort.
We need the Atonement of Jesus Christ
"The Broken Heart: Applying the Atonement to Life's Experiences," reviewed by Robert L. Millet, BYU Studies, Volume 30, no. 4
This book review discuses grace, justice, mercy, hope, and the Atonement of Jesus Christ. "Bruce C. Hafen directs our attention to those works and labors that Christ alone can perform, those aspects of the Savior's redeeming power that reach beyond deliverance from death or even forgiveness of sin, and those divine gifts and graces that enable us to engage with trust and optimism the disparity in our lives between the ideal and real."
Jesus' atonement made possible complete repentance. One necessary step of repentance is confession. This article examines current and past Latter-day Saint doctrine and practice, the reasons why Latter-day Saints confess, the scriptural background, and confession in other Christian churches.
Passover celebrates the greatest gift God has given and of the sacrifice that was involved in its bestowal. Jesus Christ took upon himself the sins and infirmities of the world. This great atoning sacrifice allows us to receive forgiveness, peace, and eternal life. This article explains the Passover and relates the celebration to Christ, as recorded in the Gospels.