Just before someone says it's not Easter, I know!
However yesterday i taught the last of three Sunday school lessons on the Atonement, Crucifixion and the Resurection of Jesus Christ.
I have come to the following conclusions; The Atonement is for everyone, we will all be forgiven if we repent, we will all be resurection, the good and the bad, and the Atonement is for us today.
The Crucifixion was for those stood watching. It was to prove to them that He was mortal and could die to the body. Until the morning of the third His mother Mary, his family and his friends mourned and wept because even though they had been taught they didn't really understand.
Then on the morning of the third day Mary Magdalene comes to His tomb and is frightened by the fact that He is not there. And the Resurection to Eternal life and Exaltation is for all those who believe.
'Jesus saith unto her, Woman, why weepest thou?
whom seeketh thou?
She, supposing him to be the gardener, saith unto him,
Sir if thou have borne him hence,
tell me where thou hast laid him,
and I will take him away.
Jesus saith unto her, Mary.
She turned herself, and saith unto him, Rabboni;
which to say, Master.'