I kept reading in Mosiah today, and was impressed again with Abinadi — this time with how similar his life was to Christ’s. In particular, the accusations and ultimate death sentence against him by King Noah and his wicked priests:
“And [the King] said unto him: Abinadi, we have found an accusation against thee, and thou art worthy of death. For thou hast said that God himself should come down among the children of men; and now, for this cause thou shalt be put to death unless thou wilt recall all the words which thou hast spoken evil concerning me and my people.” (Mosiah 17:7-8)
This reminds me of when Christ stood before a different group of wicked priests:
“The high priest asked him, and said unto him, Art thou the Christ, the Son of the Blessed? And Jesus said, I am: and ye shall see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven. Then the high priest rent his clothes, and saith, What need we any further witnesses? Ye have heard the blasphemy: what think ye? And they all condemned him to be guilty of death.” (Mark 14:61-64)
Abinadi was sentenced to death for testifying that Christ would come as the Savior, and Christ was sentenced to death for testifying of Himself as the Savior.
I heard HWN today in seeing this parallel between Christ and Abinadi :)