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LIGHT IN DARKNESS
people living in darkness
have seen a great light;
on those living in the land
of the shadow of death
a light has dawned.
Matthew 4:16 (read 4:12-23) - NIV
In the Gospel of
Matthew Jesus begins his ministry by using this Old Testament text. Matthew,
different from the other evangelists, has Jesus to move from Nazareth to
Capernaum, using the text of Isaiah 9:1-2 as justification. This prophecy
refers to the region of Capernaum, and Jesus is presented as the fulfillment of
If it were not
for the existence of serious problems in the world there would be no need for
hope. The theme: “darkness and light” is repeated throughout the biblical
narrative. In this prophecy of Isaiah the statement: "The people living in
darkness have seen a great light" is valid not only for the people who
lived in that vicinity at the time of Isaiah and Jesus, but for all people
today who live in "a land of the shadow of death”.
The ministry of
Jesus reveals the good news of sunlight and sets the goal for our mission in
the world today.
The goal of
Jesus was the well-being of people. He crossed the social and religious
barriers that separated humanity. His ministry was scandalous because he
ignored these taboos by speaking in public with women of questionable life,
eating and drinking with people who were discriminated by the "good"
citizens, by accepting the affection of a sinful woman, by arguing that another
woman guilty of adultery should not be stoned, by touching the untouchable, by
desecrating religious rules in order to help the needy and by praising the
faith of pagans.
The signs of the
Kingdom that he announced were not religious and had nothing to do with public
worship or spiritual practices. His signs of the Kingdom were in the settings
of daily life. They were bodies and spirits being healed, the hungry being fed,
prisoners being visited, the homeless being housed, the naked being clothed,
enemies being forgiven and outsiders being accepted. Prayer and almsgiving were
practices to be discrete and without public knowledge. Public acts of piety
were condemned as hypocrisy. The construction of ornate temples and the
assembly of ecclesiastical organizations were not part of the Kingdom that
The Kingdom of
God is always near. It is where there are manifestations of compassion, the
acceptance of others without discrimination and the forgiveness of offences.
The Kingdom is where there is love, peace, joy and faith.
the inversion of our value system. The Kingdom within us causes us to change
our priorities. For example, the priority of Simon, Andrew, James and John was
first the fishing net, and after meeting Jesus it became people. Outside the
Kingdom we love things and use people. Within the Kingdom we love people and
use things. The Kingdom reverses values. That's how the light shines in the
darkness. It has to shine through the way we practice our faith in relation to
our fellow human beings. We must be a light that points to the Greater Light.
4:12-23 – NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION (NIV)
When Jesus heard that John had been put in prison, he
withdrew to Galilee. Leaving Nazareth, he went and lived in Capernaum, which
was by the lake in the area of Zebulun and Naphtali— to fulfill what was said
through the prophet Isaiah:
“Land of Zebulun and land of Naphtali,
the Way of
the Sea, beyond the Jordan,
the people living in darkness
have seen a
on those living in the land of the shadow of death
a light has
From that time on Jesus began to preach, “Repent, for
the kingdom of heaven has come near.”
As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw
two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a
net into the lake, for they were fishermen. “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and
I will send you out to fish for people.” At once they left their nets and
Going on from there, he saw two other brothers, James
son of Zebedee and his brother John. They were in a boat with their father
Zebedee, preparing their nets. Jesus called them, and immediately they left the
boat and their father and followed him.
Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their
synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease
and sickness among the people.