This is a bit late for a Christmas post, but it follows a similar theme as Rex and Kim’s posts. When I woke up on Christmas morning this last Thursday, I sat alone by the fire for a couple hours before others in my family got up and going. I opened up my scriptures to read again through the nativity story in the New Testament, but then I stopped and decided to read through the parallel events in the Book of Mormon, in the last chapters of Helaman through 3 Nephi 1.
Samuel the Lamanite prophesied that a sign would accompany the Savior?s entrance into the world. He said, ?there shall be one day and a night and a day, as if it were one day and there were no night? ye shall know of the rising of the sun and also of its setting; therefore they shall know of a surety that there shall be two days and a night; nevertheless the night shall not be darkened? (Helaman 14:4). I?ve read those words and been impressed by them before, but on the morning that we culturally honor the birth of Christ, I thought, ?This is the Christmas message!? Christ came into the world so that we might be redeemed from the Fall and be transformed in Him into the likeness and image of our Father. Our Fallen world, our natural world, can be pretty dark at time. Nature would require that the sky darken with the setting of the sun.
The beauty of this prophecy, however, is that the work of God transcends that of the natural laws of a Fallen world. The message of true Peace is that when we allow Christ and His Spirit to be born in our lives, the sun may set, and it may be as if there should be darkness, but the Light remains. There will be times when the natural laws and voice of the world would declare that the pain of trials, challenges, or tragedy should be accompanied by darkness, despair, or depression, and that may be all that ?earthbound? souls may be able to see, but the promise of the gospel of Jesus?the ?good news??is that when we allow the Savior and His peace and perspective into our lives, the sun will go down, but it will be ?as if?there were no night? (Helaman 14:4).
The very heart of His message was ?my peace I give?not as the world giveth? (John 14: 27). That?s a message worth remembering and celebrating during this and every season.