The Eye Hath Never Seen…So Great and Marvelous Things – 3 Nephi 17:16-17

16 And after this manner do they bear record: The eye hath never seen, neither hath the ear heard, before, so great and marvelous things as we saw and heard Jesus speak unto the Father;
17 And no tongue can speak, neither can there be written by any man, neither can the hearts of men conceive so great and marvelous things as we both saw and heard Jesus speak; and no one can conceive of the joy which filled our souls at the time we heard him pray for us unto the Father.

Near the end of the book of Isaiah, after describing the chaos and destruction which will precede the Second Coming, the prophet pleads for the Messiah to hasten His coming because of the indescribable blessings which will accompany His appearance:

Oh that thou wouldest rend the heavens, that thou wouldest come down, that the mountains might flow down at thy presence,
As when the melting fire burneth, the fire causeth the waters to boil, to make thy name known to thine adversaries, that the nations may tremble at thy presence!
When thou didst terrible things which we looked not for, thou camest down, the mountains flowed down at thy presence.
For since the beginning of the world men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye seen, O God, beside thee, what he hath prepared for him that waiteth for him (Isaiah 64:1-4).

The Nephites and the Lamanites had access to the writings of Isaiah. How amazing it must have been for them to see these words literally fulfilled. After the destruction which preceded the Savior’s visit to the Americas, they saw and heard the Savior, Jesus Christ, speak words so sublime that they could not repeat them. They were filled with a joy which no natural sensation could have produced.
Today, I will remember that God’s greatest blessings exceed my ability to describe or even to perceive through my natural senses. I will strive to draw nearer to God so that I can experience the joy which comes only from Him.

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