by Dr. Ed Young

Punching Holes In The Darkness
H. Edwin Young
Matthew 5:14-16

I just went around to the back of the church to see if everything was prepared for the wedding and I looked inside and everything seemed to be terribly dark. And so I went and found the bride and brought her to a vantage point and I said, "You know - it's just too dark in there. Don't you think it would be a good idea if we just turned up those lights just a little bit?" And she looked at me and she said, "Have they lighted the candles yet?" I said, "No." She said, "I'll tell you what. Let's wait until after the candles have been lighted and then we will make a value judgment." A few moments later, four of the ushers came down the aisles with lighted tapers in their hands and they began to light those candles and there must have been a hundred candles in that wedding. And when they got through before me was literally a magnificent scene. It was a lovely a wedding setting as I have ever beheld. And one of the bridesmaids, I think, just whispered and said, "Isn't it lovely?" And I walked away and thought - you know - the light made the difference.

Move away from the wedding and see Jesus Christ as He walked by the shore of the Sea of Galilee and over the hills of Judea. He came upon a group of rough, profane, hard, fishermen and we do not know exactly what He said to these men - but we do know that the light of His life touched the deadness and the darkness of their life and they became ablaze with the truth and the revelation of God! And we know they went around the world and turned the world - from that hour - right side up! Here is a man collecting taxes with a folding table - working for the Palestinian IRS. The Master came by and said a word to him. He folded up his tables and he had a banquet. He said, "I want all my friends to come and meet somebody special. Somebody who has changed my life." And Matthew Levi came ablaze with new confidence in himself and in the truth of God as seen in Jesus ...

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