Mosiah, Chapter 14

For anyone who may be reading this, I appologize for the extended break in posting that I have done.  I was asked to give a talk in church and spent the last few weeks doing that for my scripture study time.  The talk went well and now I am back.

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(Compare to Isaiah 53)

What did the Savior look like?

In verse 2, Isaiah describes the mortal Jesus Christ in this way, “For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of dry ground; he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him there is no beauty that we should desire him.”  When I think of a tender plant I think of the carrot I planted this year in my garden.  I planted several, but only one took root, and therefore it became more precious to me.  The birth of Jesus and his infancy was precious to those who knew of it.  He grew as a root out of dry ground because the spiritual condition of the Jews at the time of His birth was dry.  They did not have the living water to wet the ground.  The Savior took root among many unbelievers and taught them His gospel.

The Savior grew up to look like any other man.  He had nothing in his appearance that showed he was the Son of God, such as a halo or a glowing light.  He was not a man of great looks, but not comely either.  He looked like other men, but those who had faith in Him, could see the light of God in Him.  If the Savior had come in splendor and looked like he came straight from Heaven, everyone would have fallen at His feet to worship Him.  There would not have been the opportunity for the Jews to grow in faith.  God had his son come and live in a completely Mortal way, because only then would true believers have been able to show the amount of faith that they had in Him.  When He comes again, it will be in all His splendor.  All men will know that He is the Savior.  Those who have not believed that He has already come, will realize then that He is the Son of God.

In the words of the hymn, “O God, the Eternal Father” (no. 175),

“O God, th’Eternal Father, who dwells amid the sky, in Jesus’ name we ask thee to bless and sanctify, if we are pure before thee, this bread and cup of wine, that we may all remember that offering divine—

That sacred, holy off’ring, by man least understood, to have our sins remitted and take his flesh and blood, that we may ever witness the suff’ring of thy Son, and always have his Spirit to make our hearts as one.

When Jesus, the Anointed, descended from above and gave himself a ransom to win our souls with love—with no apparent beauty, that man should him desire—He was the promised Savior, to purify with fire.

How infinite that wisdom, the plan of holiness, that made salvation perfect and veiled the Lord in flesh, to walk upon his footstool and be like man, almost, in his exalted station, and die, or all was lost.”

I wonder how I what I would have done if I had lived when the Savior came.  Would I have realized what I had right there, or would I have denied Him.  I hope that I would have been one of those that knew Him and followed Him.

How do you feel about the Savior?

How would people treat the Savior?  They would despise and reject Him, turning their faces away from Him (v. 3).  They would oppress and afflict Him (v. 7).  Then he would be put in prison, tried and killed by the people (v. 8 ).  The people treated the Savior this way, because they were ashamed of their own sins.  People hurt those trying to do right, when they feel that how they are living is not right. The Savior preached of doing what was right.  He healed people, which probably made some jealous with their own ailments.  

How would the Savior respond?  He would bear the grief and sorrow of the people (v. 4).  Then he would be wounded for the sins of others and heal them with his pain (v. 5). He would bear the sins of the people (v. 11).  He would make intercession for all sinners (v. 12).  We know that God allowed the people to treat Him this way, because the Savior had to understand all the grief and sorrow that any man would feel.  He allowed His Son to be hurt because Jesus had to feel the pain that any man would feel.  In order for the Savior to pay the price for each of us and truly give us the atonement, He had to suffer all of these things.

 Many people today are despising and rejecting the Lord.  They openly deny that He could have been the Savior.  They refuse to believe His gospel.  Some say He was merely a prophet and deny that He is the Son of God.  Some use His holy name in vain.  Others deny Him, by refusing to repent and use the atonement in their lives.  We must not be a denier of Christ.  We can show our love for Him, by sharing His gospel and telling others that He is the Christ.  Teaching our children of Him is a wonderful way to show our love for Him.  We can also show our love personally by accepting the gift of the atonement, which He gave to each of us, so that we can live again.

Can you see what it means?

          

“He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not (v. 3).  Surely he has borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows; yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted (v. 4).  But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed (v. 5).  All we, like sheep, have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquities of us all (v. 6).”

The Savior bore our grief and sorrows as he prayed in Gesthemene.  We can be healed by His stripes because He has allowed each of us to use the atonement in our lives.  He has already taken on Himself all of our pain, sorrow and grief.  If we accept and use the atonement, these things will be removed from us.  So many times we turn away from this gift that he has given us.  We do things our way instead of the Lord’s way and we bring upon us this pain, sorrow and grief.  It is the natural man to do things our own way.

“He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth; he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb so he opened not his mouth (v. 7).  He was taken from prison and from judgment; and who shall declare his generation? For he was cut off out of the land of the living; for the transgressions of my people was he stricken (v. 8 ).  And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no evil, neither was any deceit in his mouth (v. 9).”  The Savior was crucified along with two thieves and therefore made his grave with the wicked because He died along with them.  

The prophets often speak of the future.  Isaiah told of these things long before the Savior lived on the earth.  I know all of these things to be true and that we can study these things in the New Testament of the scriptures.  What a wonderful blessing it is to be given prophets to guide and direct us.  I am so glad that I know that we still have modern day prophets who receive revelation that is current for our day.  I am so grateful to these prophets, to God for giving us so much help to live righteously and for my Savior Jesus Christ who gave all for me and those I love to be together forever.

1. O God, th’Eternal Father,
Who dwells amid the sky,
In Jesus’ name we ask thee
To bless and sanctify,
If we are pure before thee,
This bread and cup of wine,
That we may all remember
That offering divine—
2. That sacred, holy off’ring,
By man least understood,
To have our sins remitted
And take his flesh and blood,
That we may ever witness
The suff’ring of thy Son,
And always have his Spirit
To make our hearts as one.
3. When Jesus, the Anointed,
Descended from above
And gave himself a ransom
To win our souls with love—
With no apparent beauty,
That man should him desire—
He was the promised Savior,
To purify with fire.
4. How infinite that wisdom,
The plan of holiness,
That made salvation perfect
And veiled the Lord in flesh,
To walk upon his footstool
And be like man, almost,
In his exalted station,
And die, or all was lost.1. O God, th’Eternal Father,
Who dwells amid the sky,
In Jesus’ name we ask thee
To bless and sanctify,
If we are pure before thee,
This bread and cup of wine,
That we may all remember
That offering divine—
2. That sacred, holy off’ring,
By man least understood,
To have our sins remitted
And take his flesh and blood,
That we may ever witness
The suff’ring of thy Son,
And always have his Spirit
To make our hearts as one.
3. When Jesus, the Anointed,
Descended from above
And gave himself a ransom
To win our souls with love—
With no apparent beauty,
That man should him desire—
He was the promised Savior,
To purify with fire.
4. How infinite that wisdom,
The plan of holiness,
That made salvation perfect
And veiled the Lord in flesh,
To walk upon his footstool
And be like man, almost,
In his exalted station,
And die, or all was lost
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