18 I am the light and the life of the world. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end.
(3 Nephi 9:18)
11 And behold, I am the light and the life of the world; and I have drunk out of that bitter cup which the Father hath given me, and have glorified the Father in taking upon me the sins of the world, in the which I have suffered the will of the Father in all things from the beginning.
(3 Nephi 11:11)
Before His visit to a group of people on the American continent, the Savior spoke to them as He sat in darkness. He identified Himself as Jesus Christ, whom the scriptures had prophesied would come. He told them that He had glorified the Father. And He identified Himself as “the light and the life of the world” (3 Nephi 9:15-18). Some time later, after the darkness subsided, He descended from heaven wearing a white robe and announced Himself in much the same way (3 Nephi 11:10-11). These are the concepts He most wanted them to understand: that He was the prophesied Messiah, that He had fulfilled His Father’s will, and that He was able to give them light and life.
Jesus gives us light through His example and through His teachings. During this same visit, He said to the people, “I am the light; I have set an example for you” (3 Nephi 18:16). He also said, “I am the light which ye shall hold up–that which ye have seen me do” (3 Nephi 18:24). His words and His actions bring clarity into our lives. By following His example, we reflect that light and share it with the people around us.
Jesus has given us life through His Atonement, which enables us to obtain both immortality and eternal life. And He blesses us with life in another way: by helping us to live meaningfully and happily today. “I am come that they might have life,” He said, “and that they might have it more abundantly” (John 10:10). “In the world,” He said, “ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world” (John 16:33). As we learn to exercise faith in Him and overcome our doubts and fears, we learn to live in peace and happiness, and our lives become more abundant.
Today, I will be grateful for the light and the life I receive from Jesus Christ. I will remember that His perfect example and teachings give me clarity and perspective so that I can see clearly and make wise decisions. I will remember that I can share His light with others by following His example. And I will remember that, as I exercise faith in Him, I can live with more confidence, more energy, and more peace. Because of Him, I can live more abundantly.