Abinadi now quotes Isaiah to teach the priests concerning the coming of Christ
1 Yea, even doth not Isaiah say: Who hath believed our report, and to whom is the arm of the Lord revealed? [Isaiah said, Who will believe when the prophecy is revealed?]
2 For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant [Christ shall come forth in humility], and as a root out of dry ground [There is no reason to look upon Him, for there is no great advantage]; he hath no form nor comeliness [no title or expectation]; and when we shall see him there is no beauty that we should desire him. [He has no position of authority that we should follow him.]
These Isaiah verses are often used to create a visual of Christ’s appearance, that he was plain, and even ugly in his appearance. The fact is he stood above six feet tall, larger than most men. He had a pleasant face, almost boyish in His expression. He had the hairstyle of a Nazarite, which included a folded beard, and His hair folded back behind His head, very neatly kept. His hair was a dark red brown, that at times would seem slightly bleached in the sun. He had no official distinction or calling from the Jews, but was considered a teacher, or rabbi, by His followers as His mission progressed.
3 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows [He lived to see many of His followers reject Him, and even some of His closest disciples stood among the crowd that shouted, “Crucify him!”], and acquainted with grief; and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
4 Surely he has borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows; yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. [Many felt pity for Jesus, as they witnessed Him scourged and crucified as a criminal without honor.]
5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. [But He suffers for our sins and iniquities, and by Him are we offered salvation.]
6 All we, like sheep, have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquities of us all. [The Lord has taken it upon Himself to gather us home.]
7 He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth; he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb so he opened not his mouth. [He did not revile against those who scourged Him, spat upon Him, or threw stones, and even those who hammered the nails into His flesh. He called out, “My God, forgive them, for they know not what they do!”]
8 He was taken from prison and from judgment; and who shall declare his generation? For he was cut off out of the land of the living; for the transgressions of my people was he stricken. [He suffers for those who are in prison and has taken their sins upon Himself.]
9 And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no evil, neither was any deceit in his mouth. [He was crucified with the wicked, and was buried in a rich man’s tomb. But he was without sin.]
10 Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise him; he hath put him to grief; when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in his hand. [It is the purpose of the Atonement that He must be bruised and filled with the grief of those He saves that he may make an offering for sin, thereby claiming His Sons and Daughters that they may belong to Him.]
11 He shall see the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied; by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities. [The fullness of His love shall justify those for whom He sacrificed.]
12 Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great [He shall be glorified a King of Kings], and he shall divide the spoil with the strong [He shall carry up those who shall accept His gift of Eternal Life]; because he hath poured out his soul unto death; and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bore the sins of many, and made intercession for the transgressors. [Because He has made intercession for you and given Himself as a sacrifice to wash you clean. How great is our God!]
Do you not feel the Spirit as you read Isaiah’s words regarding Jesus the Christ? As I read this I saw in my mind the things I witnessed from Christ’s life, like a fluid vision of His beautiful moments of sacrifice and obedience. When these things are revealed to the world it will be the greatest event in cinematic history ever shown. Every detail of Christ’s life was an example of holiness and love, purpose and sacrifice. He truly was the King of Kings!