Yesterday in our men’s early-morning Bible-study group, our Pastor had been talking about the Good Friday service in our church:
Service starts with all the lights on, then as Service progresses, the altar is stripped, lights are dimmed, then extinguished; and by the end of Service, the candelabra at the now-bare altar is the only light left in the Sanctuary. Then at the very end of the service, the candles are snuffed one by one, and people quietly exit the Sanctuary in darkness. This of course is to give you a physical illustration and a feel for the darkness left by the death of Christ.
Of course Easter morning is full of light and joy at Christ’s resurrection; but Pastor commented, “What if you only came to Palm Sunday and then Easter service? What would you feel then? Would the feeling be like a diet where you’re eating nothing but sugar?”
And I think I have an answer: Shadow is required to define light. If everything was light, there would be no contrast; and it is through contrast that we know shape and texture. Put another way, unless you have been confined, you do not know what a joy it is to be free.
Remember also that God is the Sovereign Lord of both light and darkness. The One who knows each feather on the back of every sparrow is the One who knows the origin and destination of each ray of light, how it will bounce and diffuse, and how it will create contrast to define light from shadow. Remember that he as Creator began his work by speaking light into the darkness, and …
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4 In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. (Gospel of John)
Remember that there has never been a darkness which God cannot overcome. He brought light into an entire universe of darkness.