The darker the darkness, the brighter the light.

Just try it. Go into a moderately lit room and light a match. You’ll see the flame, of course, but it likely won’t make much difference in the room.

Now go into a completely dark room and light a similar match. The same amount of light will completely transform that space. You may find it difficult to focus on anything but the light!

The darker the darkness, the brighter the light.

Not only is this true in a physical sense; it is also true in a spiritual sense: When our spirits are at their darkest, and there is little hope, the light of love can be most transforming.

Take, for instance, the events of this past week for Christians – they boggle the mind and whiplash the emotions. There was a festive parade, but it was followed shortly by betrayal. There was an intimate meal, but it was followed shortly by desertion. There were valiant (though misguided) attempts to protect, but they were followed by complete denial.

The light of hope gave way to the oppression of darkness.

Finally, today (Good Friday), Jesus was executed by capital punishment and placed in a tomb. That’s it: A complete and total absence of light in the tomb; the darkness was at its darkest.

Do you remember, though, what Christians celebrate just a few days later? The stone was rolled away so that the tomb of darkness overflowed with light. I suspect it was difficult to focus on anything but the light!

The darker the darkness, the brighter the light.

If the events of Holy Week don’t resonate, how about the events of your life? Are parts of your life without much light? Are relationships or habits in your life imprisoned by dark tombs of death?

If there are, I bet those same areas could burst forth in terrific radiance!

I bet that because just as light trounces darkness, so love conquers death. Just as light trounces darkness, so the promise of living as people reconciled is greater than the pitfalls of living as people divided. Just as light trounces darkness, so there is more forgiveness in God than sin in us.

The darker the darkness, the brighter the light.

Nathan Wilson is the interim minister at First Christian Church, 2000 Bundy Ave, New Castle. Follow him on Twitter: @nathandaywilson