One of my favorite names for Christ is “the light of the world.” I never really thought much about light until last year when for a period of time I lived in an area where it seemed the sun never shone for several weeks. During this time I noticed a significant difference in the way I felt. I felt completely drained of energy and a little less happy than usual. I tried to take vitamins but nothing seemed to adequately take the place of the light I was lacking. During that time I began to think a lot about light and darkness. I began to think about why it is that even our physical bodies crave light. Around this time I received an email from my friend Hailey Pierce who taught me about light in a way I will never forget.
She explained that she had recently been reading in the Book of Mormon in Helaman 14. The Book of Mormon is an ancient record of the people that lived in America at the same time Christ was ministering to the people in Jerusalem. In the book of Helaman a prophet named Samuel is prophesying of the signs of the birth and death of Jesus Christ.
“The sign of His birth is 3 days of light and the sign of His death is 3 days of darkness,” Hailey wrote. “I have known that my whole life but the symbolism of the light and darkness hit me really hard this week. The light of the world came into the world with light and when he was taken the sun, moon and starts refused to give light to the world. They couldn't, because the light of the world had been taken. Finally light returned when He was resurrected! That is why we focus on the resurrection and not the cross. We focus on the light rather than the darkness!"
It was then that I realized the depth of the phrase, “Light of the World.” It is more literal than I had ever imagined. He literally brings light to the world and to our lives. When we have Him in our lives we feel better. We are happier. Nothing can take His place.
When Christ was born we know that a star appeared but why was that star so important? For hundreds of years prophets had testified of the coming of Christ. They told the people that the Savior would come and that He would suffer for every mistake they had ever made. He would make it all okay and through Him they would be able to return to live with God. When that star appeared they knew that it was all true and that He really was coming to do what He had promised He would do. That is why people all around the world rejoiced...He had not let them down. One small light lit the souls of people everywhere.
This Christmas as we look at the lights on the Christmas tree, may we remember the star that announced his birth and gave people hope. May that hope remain alive within us and may the hope of His light fill our hearts and our homes this Christmas.
I am so grateful for Him. I am so grateful that He came and brought light to the world...to my world.
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