The Book of Mormon speaks of Christ, teaches and prophecies of Jesus Christ. He loves each of us and manifests that as He visits others, besides those in Jerusalem, to share His gospel, His atoning sacrifice for sin, His plan of salvation for each of us. In this section of The Book of Mormon, an ancient American prophet is shown in vision the birth of Christ and taught about the condescension of Christ–the beautiful way He left His throne, humbled Himself to come as man into the world to willingly serve, suffer, and die for our sins and mis-cues in this life. Read on, as Nephi learns to comprehend more about the Savior’s love, and let that love find seat in your heart as well.
The Book of Mormon: First Nephi: Chapter 11: 16-23
16And he said unto me: Knowest thou the condescension of God?
17And I said unto him: I know that he loveth his children; nevertheless, I do not know the meaning of all things.
18And he said unto me: Behold, the virgin whom thou seest is the mother of the Son of God, after the manner of the flesh.
19And it came to pass that I beheld that she was carried away in the Spirit; and after she had been carried away in the Spirit for the space of a time the angel spake unto me, saying: Look!
20And I looked and beheld the virgin again, bearing a child in her arms.
21And the angel said unto me: Behold the Lamb of God, yea, even the Son of the Eternal Father! Knowest thou the meaning of the tree which thy father saw?
22And I answered him, saying: Yea, it is the love of God, which sheddeth itself abroad in the hearts of the children of men; wherefore, it is the most desirable above all things.
23And he spake unto me, saying: Yea, and the most joyous to the soul.
Elder Bruce R. McConkie, apostle of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, commented on the two different senses of the condescension of God in this way:
The condescension of God (meaning the Father) consists in the fact that though he is an exalted, perfected, glorified Personage, he became the personal and literal Father of a mortal Offspring born of mortal woman. And the condescension of God (meaning the Son) consists in the fact that though he himself is the Lord Omnipotent, the very Being who created the earth and all things that in it are, yet being born of mortal woman, he submitted to all the trials of mortality, suffering ‘temptations, and pain of body, hunger, thirst, and fatigue, even more than man can suffer, except it be unto death’ (Mosiah 3:5–8), finally being put to death in a most ignominious manner” (MormonDoctrine, p. 155).
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