19 And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me.
After Jesus suffered in the Garden of Gethsemane, soldiers came and arrested Him. He was taken to Pilate, the governor, to stand trial. Although Pilate could not find fault with Jesus, he took Jesus before the people. It was a tradition to set a prisoner free during Passover. Pilate asked the people if they would rather set Jesus free, or set another prisoner free. They called out to set the other prisoner free, and to crucify Jesus. To keep the peace, Pilate allowed Jesus to be crucified.
Jesus was mocked and scourged by the soldiers and people in the crowd. They gave Him a crown of thorns and whipped Him. Then He was forced to carry His heavy cross up the hill. As He hung on the cross, He said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” When Jesus died, there were earthquakes, darkness, lightning and thunder for three hours. A centurion saw all this and said, “Truly this man was the Son of God.”
Jesus suffered all this as part of Heavenly Father’s plan. As part of our baptismal covenant, we promise that we will always remember Jesus, and all that He did for us. The sacrament is a special time where we renew our promise to always remember Him and keep His commandments.
“We are commanded to remember the singular events of the mediation, Crucifixion, and the Atonement by partaking of the sacrament weekly. In the spirit of the sacramental prayers, we partake of the bread and water in remembrance of the body and the blood sacrificed for us, and we are to remember Him and keep His commandments so that we may always have His Spirit to be with us.” James E Faust
Why did Jesus suffer for us? (Discuss ideas.)
What can we learn from Jesus Christ about forgiveness in Luke 23:34? (Discuss ideas.)
How has learning about the Crucifixion strengthened our testimonies that Jesus is the “Son of God”? (Discuss ideas.)
What can we do during the sacrament to remember Jesus? (Discuss ideas.)
What can we do every day to “always remember” Jesus? (Discuss ideas.)
As a family, write down some of your favorite stories of Jesus. Explain that sometimes people used to tie a piece of string around a finger to remind them to do something. Help family members tie a little piece of string on one finger to help them remember Jesus Christ today.
These yummy soft pretzels are tied in a knot just like the string on your finger. They are shaped like praying arms to remind us to take time to remember Jesus Christ. (If you're short on time, you can heat soft pretzels found in the freezer section in your grocery store.)
These lessons are perfect for Family Home Evening at the beginning of the week, or to recap the following Sunday. Or use portions of the lesson throughout the week to enhance your family scripture study.
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