Last weekend, we attended an early Christmas concert. It was amazing. One line from one song caught my attention: Darkness Upon Darkness. I never thought about the idea that it can be MORE than dark. True darkness is already complete. Years ago, we took a tour of Mamouth Cave in Southern Kentucky. Deep within the cavern the lights were turned off and we experienced COMPLETE darkness. Our eyes didn't adjust; we could see nothing. As a claustrophobic, the darkness was overwhelming, even oppressive.
So my mind has been turning over the idea of Darkness upon Darkness. Without Christ, the world was in Darkness, a Darkness that would have remained through history without Him. What kinds of Darkness:
1. Obviously, the world was in spiritual Darkness. Sin had separated them from God and the Darkness was SO great that only the Light of Christ could penetrate it.
2. The world was in religious Darkness. Obedience to rules and regulations had again separated those who worshipped God from the One they worshipped. They couldn't get past the rules to come into His presence.
3. The world was in Darkness because it was without the Light of Christ. The Darkness was truly the absence of Light.
Samson is a good example of one placed in Darkness. He was in physical Darkness after his eyes were put out. He was in spiritual Darkness for the choices he had made. He had one request of God––to give him the opportunity to do what he had been called to do before he died. Samson understood why he was in complete Darkness––Darkness upon Darkness.
As the Christmas season begins and we celebrate the Light that comes to the world only through Christ, may we all be aware of the Darkness that surrounds us and the Light Christ brings to us!