Today, being the start of the new week, I’d like to talk to you about the hope that is Jesus Christ, and the light within Him. There will be times in our lives, in which we will be in a place that seems dark and lonely. For some, that moment may not be very long periods of time, but for others, the time in darkness may be for years. What I wanted to talk to you today about, is that our Savior knows who is in darkness, He is aware of us, and has a task for us to perform in order to get out.
In Matthew chapter 4, we know that the Savior, in the beginning of the chapter, is just coming off being tempted of the devil. Afterwards, Christ “dwelt in Capernaum,” (Matthew 4:12). Several verses later, speaking of the people who were around Him, “The people which sat in darkness saw great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up.” (Matthew 4:16)
What was is about the Savior, that the people saw great light? It was the hope that Christ brought. Obviously He is the Son of God, but at first glance, people didn’t know that about this Man from Nazareth.
What really stands out about this particular scripture, are the passages just following it. The book says that Christ ventured to the shores of Galilee, and began preaching to the people, in particular, a group of fisherman. “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” We all have read this passage thousands of times, or at least have heard it from our ward mission leader, attempting to motivate members to do missionary work. That being said, notice the next verse, and how it relates to verse 16, about seeing “great light.” “And they straightway left their nets, and followed him; And they immediately left the ship and their father, and followed him.” (Matthew 4:20,22)
What motivates us to move, to get up, and to be better? Is it our significant other? Our parents? Though they will light the fire within us many times throughout our lives, it is the Savior of the world that will provide us to become better. In Him we see great light. However, even though He provides that light, that hope, it is up to us to take that next step.
When we see light in Christ, it is because we want to improve ourselves, to become more like Jesus Himself. That’s what Peter and the other fisherman saw in Jesus the moment they met Him. They may not have known, but in terms of spirituality, they were “people who sat in darkness,” and Christ was the answer. We all are entitled, whether we’re members of the church or not, to receive an answer that Jesus can provide us with the happiness in this life, and that’s what Peter knew. When Christ them to follow Him, they didn’t just think about going, they didn’t say, “Hey Jesus, we’ll think about it then get back to you!” The scriptures uses the words straightway and immediately.
This gospel isn’t one for those who wait around, waiting for things to happen. It is for those who have hope in the Son of God, act, and have the faith that their life will improve.
Like I mentioned before, all of us will experience times of darkness, and for some of you, it may be happening right now. To all of us, because everyday can be one of new light, a new chance, and a fresh start. I testify that Jesus Christ is that great light, and His atonement can you bring you out of any darkness that you may sit in. He is the answer, the solution, and the way to eternal life. May we all have the courage to accept that light, and not just accept it, but follow it, until we become better people, and more like Christ.