From Right From the Heart by Bryant Wright
Light over Darkness
The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. —John 1:5
The candle-lighting service is a beautiful moment in our church’s Christmas Eve celebration. When all the lights are out, we light a single candle, and that one candle overcomes all the darkness of the entire room. It’s a wonderful demonstration that darkness cannot overpower light. Well, it’s the same with spiritual darkness and the spiritual light of Jesus Christ. His Light will overpower the darkness.
There have been times in history when it seemed as though the spiritual darkness was overpowering the spiritual light. For instance, in the twentieth century, Marxism had great momentum. First, the Soviet revolution; then the Communist revolution in China; then Cuba, Eastern Europe, and Southeast Asia soon
followed suit. It seemed as if the darkness of atheism was overpowering the light within the church. But by the end of the century, the Soviet Union was no more. Eastern Europe became the birthplace of many fledgling democracies. And not only that, do you realize that there may be more Christians in China than in the USA? Even though it sometimes seems as though darkness wins for a time, it never permanently overpowers the Light.
Of course, the greatest example of that is the cross. On Friday, it appeared that the devil had won. Darkness and evil had triumphed. But on Sunday, the Light was turned on, never to be snuffed out again. For in the end, the Light of Jesus always overpowers the darkness.
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