“The Son of the Everlasting God Was Judged of the World and I Saw and Bear Record”

Bryan Richards

Nephi's tone here shows that he is overwhelmed and astonished that the Savior of the world could be judged by wicked men. How absurd it must have seemed to Nephi? How could anyone plot to kill him when his ministry was teaching righteousness and healing the sick? Nephi's phrase, and I saw and bear record, implies that he wouldn't have believed it if he hadn't seen it with his own eyes.

Gerald N. Lund

"He showed condescension in his patience and restraint when brought before men for judgment….(1 Nephi 19:9) The God who created everything was judged to be nothing! And yet he endured it with complete patience. Imagine the Being whose power, whose light, whose glory holds the universe in order, the Being who speaks and solar systems, galaxies, and stars come into existence—standing before wicked men and being judged by them as being of no worth or value! When we think of what he could have done to these men who took him to judgment, we have a new and different sense of his condescension. When Judas led the soldiers and the high priests to the Garden of Gethsemane and betrayed him with a kiss, Jesus could have spoken a single word and leveled the entire city of Jerusalem. When the servant of the high priest stepped forward and slapped his face, Jesus could have lifted a finger and sent that man back to his original elements. When another man stepped forward and spit in his face, Jesus had only to blink and our entire solar system could have been annihilated. But he stood there, he endured, he suffered, he condescended." (Doctrines of the Book of Mormon, 1991 Sperry Symposium, pp. 85-86 as taken from Latter-day Commentary on the Book of Mormon compiled by K. Douglas Bassett, p.37)