Darkness can neither understand the light, nor quench it.
The light has power.
You have the light!
“And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it,” (emphasis added).
Now the word “comprehend” in Greek means “to seize, to grasp, to overcome, to grasp with the mind, to understand.” The idea here is darkness can neither understand the light, nor quench it.¹ The people around you in darkness will not understand you, but their darkness can never quench your light. The light has power – and you have the light.
Take heart and be very courageous: if you are the only light, people will follow you and beg, “Show me the way out.” You can lead them with authority by saying, “His name is Jesus.” Remember, you are not carrying a candle. You are the candle. The Lord Jesus is living in you, and through the Holy Spirit there’s a brightness shining out of you.
According to my light meter, the world is becoming darker and we are getting brighter, and the Holy Spirit is the power that keeps our flame ablaze. Someone may come to you and say, “You’ve got something I don’t have. And whatever it is, I want it!” Rejoice – the truth is, you have Someone, not something! That’s the power of the Holy Spirit at work.
Everything the Father has, He has given to the Lord Jesus, and everything the Lord Jesus has, He wants you to have. And the only way you’ll receive it is through the Holy Spirit. The Lord Jesus said:
“All things that the Father has are mine. Therefore I said that He will take of Mine and declare it to you” (John 16:14).
The Lord Jesus in this verse was telling us that we could receive nothing from Him without the Holy Spirit enabling us. And it is because of the Third person of the Trinity we are able to pray, “Holy Spirit, tell me more about the Lord Jesus. Show me more. Impart things I don’t yet know.”
People often wonder, “What makes the Christian life so exciting?” I believe it is because the Holy Spirit is always revealing something unique and original. It is certainly never dull or monotonous.
When the Lord Jesus was about to return to the Father, He told the disciples not to be sorrowful because of the wonderful benefits of the Spirit-filled life they were about to receive.