CRB CLASSES FALL 2011: THE PROMISE OF HIS COMING
9-25-11 THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD
DC 108:7, 9-10b—O that thou wouldst rend the heavens, that thou wouldst come down, that the mountains might flow down at thy presence.
- KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS—Revelation 19:16
- THE LAMB OF GOD—John 1:29; Revelation 5:5-14
- THE ADVOCATE WITH THE FATHER—I John 2:1-2; DC 45:1c-e
- THE PRINCE OF PEACE—Isaiah 9:6
- THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD—John 8:12
- THE BREAD OF LIFE—John 6:48
- THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS—Jeremiah 23:5-6
- THE DESIRE OF ALL NATIONS—Haggai 2:6-7
I. WHO IS HE THAT COMETH?
John 8:12—Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world; he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.
III Nephi 1:17,21-22,24,25-27—the sign of his birth
III Nephi 4:16-21—the sign of his death
DC 90:1,4,6—light and truth
John 18:37—To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world . . .
II. WHAT HAS HE PROMISED?
John 8:12—the light of life
Psalm 36:9—For with thee is the fountain of life; in thy light shall we see light.
II Nephi 14:6—enter in by the way, receive the Holy Ghost—it will shew unto you all things what you should do
DC 85:18—whole bodies filled with light . . . he will unveil his face unto you (see also vs 2)
DC 90:1a-b, 4e—shall see my face, and know that I am, and that I am the true light that lighteth every man that cometh into the world; and that I am in the Father and the Father in me, and the Father and I are one . . . he that keepeth his commandments, receiveth truth and light, until he is glorified in truth, and knoweth all things.
III. WHAT DOES HE REQUIRE?
Isaiah 59:10 . . . 61:1-3,10 . . . John 8:10-11—receive the good tidings, go and sin no more
Isaiah 55:6-9—trade his thoughts for our thoughts . . . John 3:31—he must increase, but I must decrease
John 8:12—follow Jesus
II Nephi 14:6—enter in by the way
DC 85:18—maintain an eye single to the glory of God, sanctify yourselves
DC 90:1a-b, 4e —forsake your sins and come unto Christ, call on his name, obey his voice, and keep his commandments
Moroni 7:50,53—meekness and lowliness of heart, pray with all the energy of heart that you may be filled with charity—become the sons of God; when he shall appear we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is, that we may have this hope, that we may be purified even as he is pure. Amen.
To use the gifts and talents God has given us to meet the needs of others is the true expression of that charity required of those who are the sons of God.
He that came and is to come is the light of the world. He came to bear witness of the truth. He will come again to confirm that truth in power and in righteousness. His birth was announced by angels, heralded by the appearance of a new star, and accompanied by a day, a night, and a day without darkness. At his death the sun refused to give its light to the people of the land and darkness covered the land. At his appearance the darkness fled and light broke forth. He is the messenger of salvation, the light and the Redeemer of the world. He is the Spirit of truth and came into the world that he made in order to bring life and light to men.
He is in the sun. As its light shines upon us we witness the glory of God. He is in the moon and the stars. The light of their radiance bears witness of his glory. His light shines upon us, quickens our understanding, and gives life to all things. Therefore, why should we go on in darkness? Why should we “grope for the wall like the blind” and “stumble at noonday as in the night?” According to the words of the prophets so has it come to pass: the darkness covers the earth, and gross darkness the people. But look: the Lord shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee. And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising. And this is his glory, even light and truth. And this same glory was made flesh and dwelt among us. He will do so again, even the Son of God, whose glory we may behold if we are willing.
In his light shall we see light. He came to bring good tidings to the meek. All who are willing to receive him may do so; he refuses none. Nevertheless, there is only one way given by which men may drink at the fountain of life: repent, believe the gospel, demonstrate our repentance by baptism by water and the spirit. He that will enter in by the way will not be refused and he will be filled with the Holy Ghost, which will testify to the forgiveness of his sins and will shew him all things he should do.
Let us receive the good tidings and abide in the terms of our covenant that he may clothe us with the garments of salvation and cover us with the robe of righteousness. Let our selfishness and our pride decrease that his humility and his charity might increase in our souls. The wicked one seeks to take away the light and truth we have received. He wins and accomplishes this when we disobey and choose the foolishness of the world over eternal life. Overcome the enemy. Submit ourselves to God. Resist the enemy and he will flee from our presence. Let us forsake our wicked thoughts and permit our eternal Father to fill us with his eternal thoughts. Then will our conversation dwell in heaven, from whence we look for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.