1 Nephi 1:19 – And it came to pass that the Jews did mock him because of the things which he testified of them; for he truly testified of their wickedness and their abominations; and he testified that the things which he saw and heard, and also the things which he read in the book, manifested plainly of the coming of a Messiah, and also the redemption of the world.
When we confront the power of the Restored Gospel and the reality of the Atonement of Jesus Christ, we encounter the reality of the fall. The light of the Gospel illuminates the areas in our lives where we must come to acknowledge and confess as being wicked and sinful. The natural man will rise up and mock the things of God. However, those whose hearts are penetrated by the power of the Gospel begin to see the Atonement as a remedy for their state of existence.
As Lehi went before the Jews, he testified of their wickedness and corruptness. They had broken the law, turned their backs on their God, and placed themselves in the bondage and captivity where sin reigns. The destruction of Jerusalem under King Nebuchadnezzar is descriptive in how the children of Israel were led off in bondage, to become servants to another nation, and the fall of the great city of Jerusalem fulfilled prophecy.
Many times, we are called to repent of our sins. Many times we are warned of the consequences that will bring us down into captivity, misery and bondage. We become the slaves of our own wickedness and sinful lusts. Abandoning wholesome behaviors and appetites in order to satisfy the lusts and vile appetites that have taken over our own volition.
The Book of Mormon opens up with how we ought to consider our current state of existence within the illuminating light of the Restored Gospel. Are we like the wicked Jews of Jerusalem? Unaware of the dire consequences of having abandoned our God and the principles of the Gospel? Have we lost sight of the purpose of our divine nature and calling? The message of the Gospel is quite clear and simple – Come unto Christ and through which we will receive nourishment for our soul, liberation and freedom for our own lives and we find peace and joy that the Restored Gospel offers.