A July Faith Formation Series – Part IV – APOSTOLIC
July 29, 2016
June 30, 2020
Out of the Darkness
January 21, 2017
Here we are again, walking with Jesus as he begins his ministry at approximately 30 years of age. It is amazing to think that this man preached only three years before he was
crucified and what he spoke and taught remains as relevant to human life today as it did more than two thousand years ago! No one else in the history of the world has even come close to doing the same. Jesus was on a mission that moved into full swing as he began his ministry by calling forth people from the community to join him, to make a drastic change in the way they were living and to follow him.
What would it have been like to be called as a disciple of Christ
in that day? We might imagine there would be moments of doubt and uncertainty, especially for the disciples who had families to support. How would they be cared for? How could they survive? Who would provide for their spouse and their children? We do not find those answers in Scripture. We can only imagine that God had a plan for their care while the men left to begin their journey with Christ.
The journey was not easy. The way was not smooth. There were many difficult moments and yet these men who said yes to Jesus remained committed to him and what he taught. They were witnesses to many cures, healings and miracles which might have provided for them the wisdom to dispel their doubt and concern. Jesus preached that he was the Light of the World and that anyone who walked with him would no longer remain in darkness. Rather, they would be guided and bathed in the Light that would lead them to witness the Resurrection of Jesus from the dead. And this would be the Good News that they would (and they did!) take to the world. What Light has Jesus provided in your life? Have you ever found yourself in the darkness? How has knowing Christ illuminated your life and how do you understand it? Does the Light of Christ guide you and bring you hope? Let us think about this in the coming week and pray to God that we continue to grow in our understanding of how knowing Jesus calls us out of the darkness and into the Light. For it is only through Jesus Christ, in union with the Father and the Spirit, that we will gain the gift of eternal life; to live forever in the Light of Christ!