Journey through the Book of Mormon: 3 Nephi 11 (Arise and Come Forth)

14 Arise and come forth unto me, that ye may thrust your hands into my side, and also that ye may feel the prints of the nails in my hands and in my feet, that ye may know that I am the God of Israel, and the God of the whole earth, and have been slain for the sins of the world.15 And it came to pass that the multitude went forth, and thrust their hands into his side, and did feel the prints of the nails in his hands and in his feet; and this they did do, going forth one by one until they had all gone forth, and did see with their eyes and did feel with their hands, and did know of a surety and did bear record, that it was he, of whom it was written by the prophets, that should come.
16 And when they had all gone forth and had witnessed for themselves, they did cry out with one accord, saying:

17 Hosanna! Blessed be the name of the Most High God! And they did fall down at the feet of Jesus, and did worship him.

These chapters are the Crown Jewels of the Book of Mormon. From its first pages the Prophets saw this event. So many wished to be able to see the savior face to face. And here he was.

One of the Savior’s first acts among the Nephites is to invite all those who saw him to come and personally feel the prints on his hands and feet. This is instructive for us. The Savior extends a similar invitation to us. We are invited to personally come and feel. We are invited to come and know for ourselves.

We may not see Christ in the flesh, but we have just as real and opportunity to come and know Christ. Our knowledge can be just as sure as if we were able to personally touch and feel. I am so greateful for that opportunity and blessing.

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