From Darkness to Light
Perhaps no world is darker than the world that imitates light. Ben Alexander was born a Jew on Christmas Day, 1920, in London’s notorious East End. He went to Hebrew school and learned the Ten Commandments, but that was about the extent of his spiritual upbringing. Young Ben was terrified when his father died screaming one dark night. From that time forward, nights became micro-eternities.
Ben came to seek solace in the practice of spiritualism, which involves communicating with the spirit world. He attended séances. He became a practicing “medium.” His unholy fascination with the occult world grew deeper and darker year by year.
Eventually Ben set sail for America to found a spiritualist society. Instead, in God’s providence, he found Christ. Someone loved him enough to introduce him to Jesus Christ, “the light of the world.” Ben’s night turned to day. All the answers he had been desperately seeking for he found in Christ. He had been turned from darkness to light, from the power of Satan to God.
Underwood, Jonathan, Ronald G. Davis, and Ronald L. Nickelson, eds. 2002. The KJV Standard Lesson Commentary, 2002–2003. Cincinatti, OH: Standard Publishing.