Jesus Christ

Redeemer of the World

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Jesus Christ

The Book of Mormon is “Another Testament of Jesus Christ”—a sacred witness that He lives and acts for the “immortality and eternal life of man”. The reader can follow the Savior throughout this holy scripture where He is identified as the “Holy One of Israel” , “the rock” , the “Well Beloved” , “the God of the land” , “the God of Israel, and the God of the whole earth” , and various other titles. Prophecies about His divine nature and His redeeming mission abound. He was seen by many prophets—including Nephi and Jacob , the brother of Jared , and Moroni —and, in His resurrected state, by thousands in the area of Bountiful. He established His Church among the people and authorized His chosen servants to administer the saving teachings and ordinances of the gospel to lift and edify all those who come unto Him with a broken heart and contrite spirit.

History: The most compelling section of the Book of Mormon is the account of Jesus Christ’s visit to His “other sheep” on the American continent following His crucifixion and resurrection. During this visit the Lord Jesus Christ taught His followers, both ancient and modern, how to live by the principles of charity.

In His visit among the people of the Promised Land, Jesus Christ was not only the teacher, but also the exemplar.

The Savior bore bold testimony. “Behold, I am Jesus Christ the Son of God. I created the heavens and the earth, and all things that in them are. I was with the Father from the beginning. I am in the Father, and the Father in me; and in me hath the Father glorified his name”.
The Savior taught the fundamentals of the gospel. The Savior stressed that His mission is to teach the basic principles of the gospel to His people. “Therefore, whoso remembereth these sayings of mine and doeth them, him will I raise up at the last day”.
The Savior brought enduring gifts to the people. Peace, light, love, and life—all of these were given in rich measure, including to the young children.
The Savior brought a life-changing influence. “Old things are done away, and all things have become new. Therefore, I would that ye should be perfect even as I, or your Father who is in heaven is perfect”.
The Savior taught His people who they are. “And as many as have received me, to them have I given to become the sons of God” ; “that ye may be the children of your Father who is in heaven”. “And behold, ye are the children of the prophets; and ye are of the house of Israel: and ye are of the covenant which the Father made with your fathers, saying unto Abraham: And in thy seed shall all the kindreds of the earth be blessed. The Father, having raised me up unto you first, and sent me to bless you in turning away every one of you from his iniquities; and this because ye are the children of the covenant”.
The Savior taught how to gain a fullness of truth. “Ponder upon the things which I have said, and ask of the Father, in my name, that ye may understand, and prepare your minds for the morrow, and I come unto you again”.
The Savior taught how to participate in the ultimate fulfilling of the Father’s covenant with the house of Israel. “And I command you that ye shall write these sayings after I am gone... that through the fullness of the Gentiles, the remnant of their seed... may be brought in, or may be brought to a knowledge of me, their Redeemer. And then will I gather them in from the four quarters of the earth; and then will I fulfil the covenant which the Father hath made unto all the people of the house of Israel”.
The Savior taught how to endure to the end. [1] Follow the appointed priesthood leaders: “Blessed are ye if ye shall give heed unto the words of these twelve whom I have chosen from among you to minister unto you, and to be your servants”. [2] Carry out the ordinance of the sacrament. [3] Watch and pray: “ye must watch and pray always” ; “Pray in your families unto the Father, always in my name, that your wives and your children may be blessed”. [4] Gather together in meetings: “Ye shall meet together oft”. [5] Strengthen the missionary effort: “Hold up your light that it may shine unto the world. Behold I am the light which ye shall hold up—that which ye have seen me do”. [6] Study the scriptures. [7] Pay an honest tithe.

The central figure of the Book of Mormon is Jesus Christ. He is identified in terms of the name Immanuel in two references in the Book of Mormon, both from Isaiah as quoted by Nephi. “Therefore, the Lord himself shall give you a sign—Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and shall bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel”. Other than these references, the name Immanuel is used in the New Testament once and in the Doctrine and Covenants once. The name means “God with us”.

The central focus of the Book of Mormon is on Jesus Christ, the Redeemer, “the Eternal God”. The other is by Moroni in the final verse of the Book of Mormon.

And now I bid unto all, farewell. I soon go to rest in the paradise of God, until my spirit and body shall again reunite, and I am brought forth triumphant through the air, to meet you before the pleasing bar of the great Jehovah, the Eternal Judge of both quick and dead. Amen.

In another passage Lehi taught his son Jacob concerning the miracle of the Atonement of the Lord.

Wherefore, how great the importance to make these things known unto the inhabitants of the earth, that they may know that there is no flesh that can dwell in the presence of God, save it be through the merits, and mercy, and grace of the Holy Messiah, who layeth down his life according to the flesh, and taketh it again by the power of the Spirit, that he may bring to pass the resurrection of the dead, being the first that should rise.

In one prophetic passage concerning the Savior, Nephi used the name Messiah five separate times in a single verse in reference to the Jewish people one day coming to believe in the mission of the Redeemer.

Wherefore, he [the Lord] shall bring forth his words unto them [the Jewish people], which words shall judge them at the last day, for they shall be given them for the purpose of convincing them of the true Messiah, who was rejected by them; and unto the convincing of them that they need not look forward any more for a Messiah to come, for there should not any come, save it should be a false Messiah which should deceive the people; for there is save one Messiah spoken of by the prophets, and that Messiah is he who should be rejected of the Jews.
(Source: Ed J. Pinegar, Richard J. Allen, Book of Mormon Who’s Who)

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