He Went Forth Ministering – 1 Nephi 11:28

28 And I beheld that he went forth ministering unto the people, in power and great glory; and the multitudes were gathered together to hear him; and I beheld that they cast him out from among them.

After Lehi shared the vision of the tree of life and his testimony of the Savior, his son Nephi wanted to “see, and hear, and know of these things” for himself (1 Nephi 10:17). In answer to his prayer, Nephi was shown a vision which is recorded in 1 Nephi 11-14. In chapter 11, he gives a sweeping overview of the life of the Savior, describing His birth, His baptism, the calling of the twelve apostles, His teaching, the miracles He wrought, and finally His death on the cross. The overarching message, as illustrated by the passage above, is that Jesus Christ came to the world to bless us, and that even though he blessed many people, His nation generally rejected Him.
This fundamental contradiction is at the heart of the Savior’s mission. He came to save people who not only couldn’t save themselves, but who didn’t even realize they needed saving. It’s easy to help someone who wants your help, especially if you know they can return the favor. It is much more difficult to provide assistance to someone who doesn’t want your help and who can’t pay you back. But as the Savior Himself taught, “If ye love them which love you, what reward have ye?…  And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others?” (Matthew 7:46-47)
Today, I will follow the example of the Savior in loving and serving others regardless of their response. I will remember that it is noblest to serve those who either cannot or will not offer anything in return. In doing so, we most closely mirror the example of our Savior, who “went forth ministering unto the people,” even though eventually “they cast him out from among them.”
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