Mosiah 16 continues with Abinadi speaking to king Noah and the priests in their fear. He still has much to say:
“And now it came to pass that after Abinadi had spoken these words he stretched for his hand and said: The time shall come when” you, Samantha, will “see the salvation of the Lord; when every nation, kindred, tongue and people shall see eye to eye and shall confess before God that his judgments are just.”
Abinadi reminds us of the fall of Adam and the evil plots of Satan and had it not been for God, humans would remain in this lost and fallen state. He redeemed us. If Jesus Christ, had not volunteered to be a sacrifice for the human race, we would be lost souls, left to the subjection of whatever it is that Satan desires of us. But, since He did, and He is so full of wonderment and grace, we have the opportunity to live eternally. Verse 8 tells us that it’s okay to die, because it is just this life: “the sting of death is swallowed up in Christ.” And verse 9 “He is the light and life of the world; yea a light that is endless, that can never be darkened; yea, and also a life which is endless, that there can be no more death.”
Verse 9 reminds me that when I am troubled or looking for the right way or trying to make a decision, that I only need to look for the light. The light is always right.
This chapter closes with Abinadi reminding us that each person will be judged of his own works and calling the people unto repentance (yet again.) He ends with telling the priests if they teach the law of Moses, that they also need to teach what is to come and that is that redemption comes through “Christ the Lord, who is the very Eternal Father.”
I love learning new things and I love the Book of Mormon!
I write this in the name of Jesus Christ, my Savior, Amen.