A friend of another faith challenged me on FB to post a scripture a day for the week preceding Easter. She didn't stipulate, but I'm assuming she meant scriptures related to Christ. Rather than post on FB, where I find that people often ignore posts on a repeated theme, I'm posting all seven (+) scriptures here.
And since she didn't limit it to the Bible, I'm taking my scriptures from the Book of Mormon, Doctrine & Covenants, and Pearl of Great Price, so that people of other faiths can share in the beautiful testimonies of Christ in these scriptures.
1. Moses 1: 39
I chose this one because it is the basis for our life on earth: to be redeemed from physical and spiritual death. This is what Jesus does for us. It is through him that we are resurrected, becoming immortal as he is, and it is through him that we are redeemed (meriting eternal life), through repentance and obedience.
2. Helaman 5:12
12 And now, my sons, remember, remember that it is upon the rock of our Redeemer, who is Christ, the Son of God, that ye must build your foundation; that when the devil shall send forth his mighty winds, yea, his shafts in the whirlwind, yea, when all his hail and his mighty storm shall beat upon you, it shall have no power over you to drag you down to the gulf of misery and endless wo, because of the rock upon which ye are built, which is a sure foundation, a foundation whereon if men build they cannot fall.
This scripture states without hesitation or apology that Christ is the foundation upon which we should build. It does not promise that our dedication to Christ will make it so that we don't have trials, but it does promise that if Christ is our foundation, we "cannot fall." I love that.
3. Doctrine & Covenants 76:22-24
This section was part of a vision seen by Joseph Smith and his then counselor Sidney Rigdon. There are so many elements of truth in these verses. The unwavering testimony that Jesus lives. The truth that he is the son of God, and that they are two distinct beings. And the truth that we were created by him, that we are sons and daughters of God. Knowing that we are children of God gives us a place in our world and helps us know the plan our Heavenly Father has for us to return to him. The atonement of Jesus Christ and our own repentance are critical parts of this plan.
4. 2 Nephi 26:24
24 He doeth not anything save it be for the benefit of the world; for he loveth the world, even that he layeth down his own life that he may draw all men unto him. Wherefore, he commandeth none that they shall not partake of his salvation.
I wasn't familiar with this verse until just recently. I love it because it talks about how Jesus did what he did because of his love for the world, and how he invites everyone to partake of the salvation that he offers.
5. 3 Nephi 11:13-17
13 And it came to pass that the Lord spake unto them saying:
14 Arise and come forth unto me, that ye may thrust your hands into my side, and also that ye may feel the prints of the nails in my hands and in my feet, that ye may know that I am the God of Israel, and the God of the whole earth, and have been slain for the sins of the world.
15 And it came to pass that the multitude went forth, and thrust their hands into his side, and did feel the prints of the nails in his hands and in his feet; and this they did do, going forth one by one until they had all gone forth, and did see with their eyes and did feel with their hands, and did know of a surety and did bear record, that it was he, of whom it was written by the prophets, that should come.
In John 10:16 Jesus talks about "other sheep." The people of the Book of Mormon are some of those other sheep. After Jesus was resurrected, he visited his people in the Americas, and these chapters are an account of that visit. These verses describe how all the people gathered and were able to personally ("one by one") witness that he was indeed the resurrected Christ. These are beautiful chapters.
6. Moroni 10:32-33
32 Yea, come unto Christ, and be perfected in him, and deny yourselves of all ungodliness; and if ye shall deny yourselves of all ungodliness, and love God with all your might, mind and strength, then is his grace sufficient for you, that by his grace ye may be perfect in Christ; and if by the grace of God ye are perfect in Christ, ye can in nowise deny the power of God.
33 And again, if ye by the grace of God are perfect in Christ, and deny not his power, then are ye sanctified in Christ by the grace of God, through the shedding of the blood of Christ, which is in the covenant of the Father unto the remission of your sins, that ye become holy, without spot.
Moroni was the son of Mormon, the man whom the Book of Mormon was named after. Mormon compiled all the records that had been collected since Lehi, the first prophet of the Book of Mormon, and his family arrived in the Americas. Mormon and Moroni were the last prophets of the Book of Mormon, and they had the sad distinction of witnessing the destruction of their civilization due to great wickedness and secret combinations. Every time I read the Book of Mormon I feel great compassion for Moroni, the last of his people, a good man who knew what his people could have been and watched them fall. I love his testimony here, at the end of the Book of Mormon. Even at the end of everything, it all comes down to Jesus Christ, the atonement, and obedience.
7. 2 Nephi 25:26
26 And we talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ, and we write according to our prophecies, that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins.
I chose this one because it underscores the fact that Jesus Christ is the center of our worship and our lives. It is through him, and only him, that we can gain a remission of our sins and return to live with our Heavenly Father.
Bonus. Doctrine & Covenants 50:42
42 And none of them that my Father hath given me shall be lost.
This is one of my mom's favorite scriptures about Christ. In this verse and the verses surrounding it, Jesus is counseling the early saints of his restored church. I think it would be interesting research to look into what it means to be "given to Christ," but my initial understanding is that it means that we chose Christ's plan in the pre-existence, and here on earth we are part of those who seek and do his will. I like the idea that none shall be lost. Jesus knows his sheep, and, as the great shepherd, he watches over them.
*Here is the link to lds.org, the source for all the scriptures I referenced: https://www.lds.org/scriptures?lang=eng