Light That Overcomes
By: Rachel Storms
In our society, darkness has been portrayed as this overpowering evil that dominates
everything around it. It has been glorified in Hollywood movies, television series, video
games, and even the media. Its power seems limitless, however there is a greater
power that not even darkness can overcome.
In John 1:5 the Bible says, "And the light shines in the darkness and the darkness
did not comprehend it." The word translated "comprehend" is the Greek word
katalambano which means to seize, to pull down, to tackle, to conquer, or to hold under
one's power. So, based on this definition we could read the latter part of this verse
"the darkness did not hold the light under its power or domain."
Here are some other translations of this same verse:
(MSG) The Life-Light blazed out of the darkness; the darkness couldn't put it out.
(AMP) And the Light shines on in the darkness, for the darkness has never
overpowered it [put it out or absorbed it or appropriated it, and is unreceptive to
(NLT) The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.
It is exciting to know that no matter how obscure things appear, there is a Light that
cannot be hidden neither can it be absorbed by the darkness around it.
So, what exactly is darkness? One of the definitions is the absence or deficiency of
light. It can also be defined as obscurity or concealment. 2 Corinthians 4:3, 4 says,
"But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, whose
minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the
gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God should shine on them."
We see here how Satan has used darkness as a veil to conceal the gospel and blind
the minds of unbelievers. But wait! It says in the latter part of verse 4 that it is so that
the "light of the gospel" would not shine on them. Well, we know from John 1:5 that
darkness cannot hold the light under its power. What is the light referred to in John 1?
Verses 1-4 tell us that the light is the life of Him, the Word. So the life of the Word is the
light of the gospel. Satan may try to conceal it in an effort to hold people in a state of
blindness, but the light will always overcome.
Now, allow me to expound on this a little more by looking at 2 Corinthians 4:6. The
beginning of this verse reads, "For it is the God who commanded light to shine out
of darkness..." Although Satan has tried to conceal the light, God commanded it to
shine. At God's word, it breaks through the barriers. The rest of the verse says, "...who
(speaking of God) has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of
the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ." Clearly, it is our responsibility to share
the light with those around us. Romans 10:14 tells us, "How then shall they call on
Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom
they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?”
It is time to engage in battle. We are in a fight of good versus evil, light versus darkness,
and we are on the winning side! So, let us declare the truth of the gospel, shedding light
on a darkened world. We are called to be beacons of light. Darkness cannot hide the
light, but light will penetrate the darkness.