Light Out Of Darkness

Since the darkness of Friday, November 22, when a great leader, President John Fitzgerald Kennedy, was struck down, our nation has lived and thought more deeply than in many years. Into the soul of a favored and self-indulgent society the iron of affliction entered. A people that has permitted itself to be torn by political and racial strife found unity in sorrow and strength in tragedy. A society far down the road to secularism turned in its hour of need to the God of its fathers.

In the words of the Chief Justice, “It has been said that the only thing we learn from history is that we do not learn. But surely we can learn if we have the will to do so.”

There is no more profound truth in Scripture than that God, who is over the whole of history, is able to bring light out of darkness and so to teach his people. From the beginning, when “darkness was upon the face of the deep … and God said, ‘Let there be light’; and there was light,” the living God has been bringing light out of darkness. Out of the fall of man, he brought the light of the protevangel with its promise of the Messiah; out of the deluge, he brought the rainbow. So also from Israel’s Egyptian bondage, he brought the passover deliverance; and when, in the Roman Empire, his people “walked in darkness,” he brought them “a great light,” even he who “still shines in the darkness, and the darkness has never put it out” (John 1:5, Phillips). And, following the most tragic hours in history, when “there was darkness over the whole land” and he who is “the light of the world” was put to death on the Cross, he “abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel,” thus making the greatest of crimes the greatest of blessings. ...

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