"He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. . . The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world. "
John 1:2-5, 9
I guess I never realized before just how intense these words are. Darkness does overcome manmade lights: candles, lanterns, car lights, flashlights, street lamps. These barely touch the darkness; it consumes them. The SUN is required to truly conquer the darkness. The sun chases night away.
So the light of the Son of God, overcomes the darkness of evil and sin. The efforts of men alone are as nothing. But the SON prevails.