The candle lighting service is a beautiful moment of our church’s Christmas Eve celebration. When all the lights are out in the Sanctuary, we light a single candle, and that one candle overcomes all the darkness of the entire room. It’s a wonderful demonstration of this fact – darkness cannot overpower light. Well, it’s the same with spiritual darkness and spiritual light of Jesus Christ. His Light will overpower the darkness.
There have been times in history where it seemed like the spiritual darkness was overpowering the spiritual light. For instance, in the 20th century, Marxism had great momentum. The Soviet revolution, then the Communist revolution in China, then Cuba, Eastern Europe, and Southeast Asia soon tumbled after. It seemed like that darkness of atheism was overpowering the light within the church. But by the end of the 20th century, the Soviet Union was no more. Eastern Europe became the birthplace of many fledgling democracies. And not only that, do you realize that the third largest number of Christians in any country in the world is in communist China? Even though it sometimes seems darkness wins for a time, it never permanently overpowers the Light.
Of course the greatest example of that is the cross. For a moment, it appeared that the devil had won. But two days later, 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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