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Holy Week: Good Friday

Holy Week: Good Friday

Friday was the day that Christ was tried, crucified and buried. This day is referred to as Good Friday by the Christian world. Use the resources below for an in-depth study of these events. 

BYU Easter Conference Presentation, Eric D. Huntsman, video
Huntsman discusses how as Latter-day Saints have sometimes felt that other Christians emphasize the Cross too much, perhaps we have overcompensated by not emphasizing it enough.  

“Why Should the Cross be Meaningful to Latter-day Saints?” Gaye Strathearn, BYU New Testament Commentary
The events on the cross are an integral part of the Atonement. The cross, as the place of being “lifted up,” is a symbol of God’s great love for his children. We are asked to take up our cross as disciples of Christ. Jesus kept the signs of the crucifixion on his resurrected body. 

“The Trial and Death of Jesus,” John W. Welch, BYU New Testament Commentary
Why was Jesus killed? Who was responsible? Looking at the legal circumstances, it is clear that Jesus was in full control from beginning to end. 

“Raising Lazarus: Jesus’s Signing of His Own Death Warrant,” John W. Welch, BYU New Testament Commentary
Without seeing the raising of Lazarus as a background, it is hard to imagine a reason why a large multitude of people would have followed Jesus into Jerusalem shouting, “Hosanna! Save us now!” and why the chief priests turned the crowds away and were able to execute him so quickly. 

“The Legal Cause of Action against Jesus in John 18:29-30,” John W. Welch, BYU New Testament Commentary
The accusation in John 18:29-30 holds a key for understanding the legal cause of action and strategy of the chief priests in the proceedings against Jesus. 

“Good Friday,” Eric Huntsman, blog
Good Friday can be a tender and reflective time for individuals and families to pause and consider how Jesus, as our great high priest, offered himself as a sacrifice for us.