Mary and Martha (Luke 10:38-42)
But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her. (Luke 10:42)
Jesus went to the home of His friends Mary, Martha, and Lazarus. Mary sat at Jesus' feet to hear His teachings, while Martha prepared a meal. Martha wanted Mary to help with the work, so she said to Jesus, "Bid [Mary] therefore that she help me" (Luke 10:40; Luke 10:38-39).
Jesus understood how Martha felt, but He told her that Mary was wise in choosing to listen to Him. His teachings would stay with her always. (Luke 10:41-42).
When Jesus was at the home of some friends, one of them, Mary, sat and listened to His teachings, while her sister, Martha, prepared a meal. Martha wanted Mary to help her, but Jesus explained that it was good for Mary to listen, since His teachings would stay with her always.
Artist, Del Parson
The Prodigal Son (Luke 15:10-32)
When he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him. (Luke 15:20)
Jesus taught the people about repentance, and to help them understand the joy in heaven when one sinner repents, He told the story of the prodigal son (Luke 15:10). (Prodigal means wasteful.)
A man had two sons. The older son helped his father and obeyed him (Luke 15:29). The younger son asked for his inheritance and then went away and wasted all his money in sinful living. When a famine came to the land, the younger son had no money left to buy food. He found work feeding swine and was so hungry he wanted to eat the swine's food. (Luke 15:11-16).
In his despair, the son thought of his home. He knew that even his father's servants were well fed, while he lay dying of hunger. He knew he had been sinful and did not feel worthy to be called his father's son, but he decided to return home and beg his father to forgive him and let him work as a servant. (Luke 15:17-19).
As the son neared his home, his father saw him coming and ran to him and kissed him. The son said, "Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son" (Luke 15:21; Luke 15:20).
But the father ordered his servants to put fine clothes on his son and prepare a great feast in his honor. He said, "For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found" (Luke 15:24; Luke 15:22-23).
The older son had been working in the field. As he came near the house, he heard music and dancing. When he learned the reason for the celebration, he was angry and would not go into the feast. His father came to him and pleaded with him to join the party, but the son refused. He reminded his father that he had always been a righteous son and had never been given such a celebration. (Luke 15:25-30).
The father said, "Son, thou art ever with me, and all that I have is thine" (Luke 15:31). Then the father explained that it was right to rejoice over the younger brother's return, for it was as if he had been dead and was alive again (Luke 15:32).
As Jesus taught about repentance, He told the story of a man who had two sons. The older son was obedient and faithful. The younger son asked for his share of his father's property and left home. He soon wasted all his money in sinful living, and he became very hungry. Realizing he had been wrong, the younger son decided to return home and beg forgiveness. As the son neared home, his father saw him coming and was overjoyed. The father celebrated his son's return with a feast. This made the older son angry. The father explained to the older son that he would be given all the father had but that it was right to rejoice over the younger son's repentance.
Artist, Clark Kelley Price
Triumphal Entry (Matthew 21:1-11; Mark 11:1-11; Luke 19:29-38; John 12:12-15)
Much people that were come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, took branches of palm trees, and went forth to meet him, and cried, Hosanna: Blessed is the King of Israel that cometh in the name of the Lord. (John 12:12-13)
Jesus and His disciples were traveling to Jerusalem for the Feast of the Passover. As they neared the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two of His disciples to a nearby village, telling them that as they entered it they would find a donkey and her colt. The disciples were to untie the animals and bring them to Him. If anyone asked why they were doing this, they were to say, "The Lord hath need of them," and there would be no trouble. (Matthew 21:1-5; Mark 11:1-6; Luke 19:29-34).
After the two disciples had brought the animals to Jesus, they laid clothing on the colt's back for Jesus to sit on. As Jesus rode the colt toward Jerusalem, large crowds of people gathered to honor Him and to spread clothing and palm branches on the ground in front of Him. The followers rejoiced and cried out, "Hosanna; Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord" (Mark 11:9; Matthew 21:6-9; Mark 11:7-10; Luke 19:35-38; John 12:12-13).
After Jesus entered Jerusalem, many of the people asked, "Who is this?" The multitude replied, "This is Jesus the prophet of Nazareth of Galilee" (Matthew 21:10-11).
Jesus traveled with His disciples to Jerusalem for the Feast of the Passover, and He entered the city riding on the colt of a donkey. Large crowds of people gathered to honor Jesus. They spread clothing and palm branches in His path. The people rejoiced and shouted, "Hosanna; Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord" (Mark 11:9).
Artist, Harry Anderson
Jesus Washing the Apostles’ Feet (John 13:4-15; Joseph Smith Translation, John 13:8)
He poureth water into a bason, and began to wash the disciples' feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded. John 13:5
After Jesus had eaten the Last Supper with His Apostles, He removed His outer robe and put a towel around His waist. Then He poured water into a basin and, one by one, began to wash and dry the Apostles' feet. (John 13:4-5).
When Jesus came to Simon Peter, Peter asked the Lord why He was washing his feet. Jesus told Peter that he would not understand then but that he would know later. Peter said, "Thou needest not to wash my feet" (Joseph Smith Translation, John 13:8). "Jesus answered him, If I wash thee not, thou hast no part with me" (John 13:8). Peter said to Him, "Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands and my head" (John 13:9). Jesus told him that He needed only to wash his feet (Joseph Smith Translation, John 13:10).
Jesus told His Apostles that they were not all clean because He knew one would betray Him (John 13:10-11).
When Jesus finished washing the Apostles' feet, He said, "If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another's feet. For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you" (John 13:14-15).
After eating the Last Supper, Jesus poured water into a basin. He then washed the Apostles' feet and dried them with a towel. Jesus explained that He had done this to teach them that they were to serve others.
Artist, Del Parson
Jesus Praying in Gethsemane (Matthew 26:36-45; Mark 14:32-41; Luke 22:40-46; John 18:1)
Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done. (Luke 22:42)
Jesus led His disciples to a garden of olive trees called Gethsemane, where He instructed them, "Sit ye here, while I go and pray yonder" (Matthew 26:36). Then He went farther into the garden, taking Peter, James, and John, whom He asked to wait nearby and watch while He withdrew to pray (Matthew 26:37-38; Mark 14:32-33; Luke 22:40-41; John 18:1).
Jesus' soul was filled with sorrow. Knowing that the time had come when He must suffer great agony to atone for the sins of the world, Jesus fell to the ground and prayed, "O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt" (Matthew 26:39; Matthew 26:38; Mark 14:34-36; Luke 22:41-42).
An angel from heaven appeared to Jesus, "strengthening him. And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground" (Luke 22:43-44).
Then Jesus arose from prayer and went back to Peter, James, and John, who were sleeping. He said to Peter, "What, could ye not watch with me one hour? Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation" (Matthew 26:40-41; Mark 14:37-38; Luke 22:45-46).
Again Jesus went to pray, and again He returned to the three Apostles and found them asleep (Matthew 26:42-43; Mark 14:39-40). "[Then] he left them, and went away again, and prayed the third time. ... Then cometh he to his disciples, and saith unto them, Sleep on now, and take your rest: behold, the hour is at hand, and the Son of man is betrayed into the hands of sinners" (Matthew 26:44-45; Mark 14:41).
In the Garden of Gethsemane Jesus suffered for our sins.
Following the Last Supper, Jesus and His Apostles went to the Garden of Gethsemane. Jesus went off by Himself to pray. He knew that the time had come for Him to suffer for the sins of the world. He prayed that He might not have to experience such suffering but told Heavenly Father that He would do the Father's will. Jesus prayed more earnestly, and He sweat great drops of blood as He atoned for our sins. Jesus had asked Peter, James, and John to wait nearby and watch while He prayed, but they were unable to stay awake. When Jesus finished praying, He came to them and told them that He was about to be taken away by wicked men.
Artist, Harry Anderson
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