The light shines in the darkness and the darkness can never extinguish it (John 1:5).
The darkness tried and failed many times and in many ways to smother, discredit and/or discourage the Light of the world:
~ Through King Herod and his horrendous command to slaughter Jewish babies -
~ By cornering Jesus in the wilderness and trying to bribe him into aborting his mission -
~ By using those willing snakes, the Pharisees, to accuse and spread slander about (1)the circumstances of his birth - (2)Jesus' close associations with tax collectors and prostitutes - (3) his claims of divinity and authority, and (4) Jesus' awesome power to heal and cast out demons.
~ By inspiring a crowd to try and force the Lord to be king (the Romans would surely have killed him for such treachery) -
~ By the widespread rejection of the Jewish people -
~ By the disbelieving hometown folks attempting to kill him -
~ By the skepticism of his own mother and brothers -
~ By the shallow requests of some who wanted to be entertained by a sideshow of miracles when they were totally uninterested in his message as God on earth -
~ Through the frustrating denseness of his own disciples -
~ Through the black betrayal of one of his followers -
He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father's one and only Son (John 1:14) and,
When he had cleansed us from our sins, he sat down in the place of honor at the right hand of the majestic God in heaven (Hebrews 1:3).
The darkness can never extinguish the Light!!