Thu - Nov 18, 2010 : 05:12 am
3 Nephi : 17
Wow... 3rd Nephi 17. This has been one of my top 5 all-time favorite scriptural chapters since I first read it when I was 14. I love it.
The first 6 verses, to me, envelop the love Christ has for us, and the appreciation He must feel when we show our grattitude toward Him. There were no words uttered by his audience, yet He being Christ, perceived their desire for him to stay, and what must have been an amazing amount of love directed toward Him. Feeling that love, his bowels were filled with compassion, and what ensued turned out to be one of the most miraculous outpourings of spiritual manifestations ever recorded.
Through verses 7 through 10, the sick and afflicted were healed, each and every one. Then with the children brought forth and put immediately around Christ's feet, and with the rest of the multitude kneeling, I find it interesting that Christ "groaned within himself", and felt troubled for the wickedness of the people of the house of Israel. I've always wondered what this meant. I've wondered if this people he was referring to was the audience surrounding Jesus at that time. When Christ finished praying, it states in verse 17 that the audience "heard him pray for us unto the Father."
It occurs to me at this time, that maybe Christ was praying in behalf of that multitude so their sins might be forgiven. Maybe this is part of the reason why Christ proclaimed after that amazing prayer, "And now behold, my joy is full".
...and then he wept, blessed all their children, and angels surrounded by pillars of fire descended from heaven to minister to them.
I'm constrained to say, "Oh that I could have been there."
The church is true. The Book of Mormon is true, and I thank God that I have been given the privilege to study it.