“That I Might Draw All Men Unto Me”

Brant Gardner

Jesus now explains the core of the gospel—not doctrines, but his own action. Nephi1’s vision understood it as the condescension of God:

And the angel said unto me again: Look and behold the condescension of God!
And I looked and beheld the Redeemer of the world, of whom my father had spoken; and I also beheld the prophet who should prepare the way before him. And the Lamb of God went forth and was baptized of him; and after he was baptized, I beheld the heavens open, and the Holy Ghost come down out of heaven and abide upon him in the form of a dove. (1 Ne. 11:26–27)

Nephi saw the unfolding of the gospel. Like the Savior’s explanation, its core is the Messiah’s mission.

Second Witness: Analytical & Contextual Commentary on the Book of Mormon, Vol. 5