As Abinadi taught the wicked priests of King Noah, he quoted Isaiah 53 to emphasize that salvation is available to us only because of Jesus Christ.
In this chapter, Isaiah called the Savior “a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief.” Then, he identified the source of those afflictions: “Surely he has borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows” (Mosiah 14:3-4, Isaiah 53:3-4, italics added).
The Hebrew word translated “grief” in these verses is choli (חֱלִי), which literally means “sickness” or “disease.”
The word translated as “sorrows” in these verse is makob (מַכָאֹב), which literally means “pain.”
That’s why Matthew found a fulfillment of this prophecy in the healings Jesus performed during His mortal ministry:
When the even was come, they brought unto him many that were possessed with devils: and he cast out the spirits with his word, and healed all that were sick:
That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses.
When I think of Christ bearing our griefs and carrying our sorrows, I generally focus on the suffering He willingly bore on our behalf. But as Matthew points out, this passage isn’t only about His suffering. It’s about ours. The Savior, who healed multitudes, is capable of healing us as well, of removing the sicknesses and the pain that we suffer.
Elder Ricardo P. Gimenez taught that these verses can bolster our faith and trust during times of adversity in our lives:
Perhaps someone might think, “What does Jesus Christ know about what is happening to me? How does He know what I need to be happy?” Truly, it was our Redeemer and Intercessor to whom the prophet Isaiah was referring when he said:
“He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief….
“Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows….”
Of course, it is easier to say these things when we are not in the midst of a storm than to live and apply them during the storm. But as your brother, I hope you can feel that I sincerely want to share with you how valuable it is to know that Jesus Christ and His Atonement are the refuge that we all need, regardless of the storms that are battering our lives.
I invite you to come and see that He can lighten your burdens and be the refuge you are seeking.
(“Finding Refuge from the Storms of Life,” General Conference, April 2020)
Today, I will turn to the Savior for refuge from the storms in my life. I will remember that he has borne my griefs and carried my sorrows, that He is capable of relieving the pains and the sickness I experience. I will trust Him to support me through every challenge I face and to heal me when I need to be healed.