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The Crucifixion as a Mockery, Witness, and Warning of the Judgment

TitleThe Crucifixion as a Mockery, Witness, and Warning of the Judgment
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2019
AuthorsMitton, George L.
JournalInterpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship
KeywordsCrucifixion; Early Christianity; Easter; Humility; Judgment; Symbolism

In its action, setting, and arrangement, the crucifixion may be viewed as a stark mockery of the final judgment scene. This article provides a brief review of the relevant scriptures, considered together with some related apocryphal and other early Christian writings of interest in regard to the crucifixion. These sources point to the interpretation that the gospel writers saw in the crucifixion a striking symbolism that can provide a strong reminder, witness, and warning of the coming judgment. The Lord is seen in the crucifixion as at once representing His humility in submitting Himself to be judged and, conversely, His authority and power to be the judge of all. The crucifixion signifies the concept of a reciprocal or two-way judgment, as emphasized in the Book of Mormon, where mankind first judges the Lord, and later are to be judged accordingly by Him in return.