‘The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.’ John 1v5
Interestingly, another way this verse can be read is:
‘The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not understood it.’
Actually, I don’t think it’s a case of either/or for this scripture as it seems to me that both renderings make sense:
- The first because although Jesus was assailed by dark forces, the resurrection and spread of Christianity since that time has proved that God’s light in the world can never be extinguished.
- The second because Jesus came into the world – explained what God was like and his plans for humanity – but people preferred darkness, either because they didn’t get it or refused to believe.
I love the image of tea light candles. It reminds me of how ‘we’ who are within the church are often at different stages of life. Indeed, right across the world – in your church, in my church – some people will be full of flame, others nearly extinguished, a few bent over by the wind of change, while a fair proportion will just struggle to keep alight. Whatever way we’re feeling, the promise of God is that because Christ has overcome , we will also overcome as we press onwards towards realising life in its fullest terms.