IF YOU ARE EVER TEMPTED to doubt the reality of evil as an active force in this world, simply remember that Jesus believed it to be so. A single-dimensional outlook, unwilling to confront the possibility of darkness simply plays into the hands of evil. In C. S. Lewis’s classic book The Screwtape Letters, the crafty older demon acknowledges that the cause of evil accrues much more power when Christians fail to concede that it exists.
At the same time we also have to understand that, as children of light, evil has no long-term power over us. But it’s not that easy to defeat an enemy if we refuse to name it. Having named evil for what it is, we can go on to declare that “at the name of Jesus every knee shall bend in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord” (Phil. 2:10-11). Darkness has no hold on Christ or on followers of the Way.
Reaching Toward Easter: Devotions for Lent
From page 43 of Reaching Toward Easter: Devotions for Lent by Derek Maul. Copyright © 2011 by The Upper Room. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. Learn more about or purchase this book.
When have you seen that light has power over darkness and evil? Share your thoughts.
I will no longer talk much with you, for the ruler of this world is coming. He has no power over me.
—John 14:30, NRSV
Prayer for the Week
Spirit of the Living God, fall fresh on me.
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Now we see clearly the rest of the story. Death is not the end. Violence is not victorious. Death and darkness are overcome for all time and for all people! The Lord is risen. Death loses its sting, and God’s light permanently overcomes the darkness of evil. Read more..
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