“Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land unto the ninth hour” (Matthew 27:45)
All lights are dim when Christ shines not. All is dark when He does not shine. In the church, if Jesus is not there, what is there? The sun itself could not yield us light if Jesus were withdrawn. The seven golden lamps are ready to go out unless He walks among them and trims them with the holy oil. You soon grow heavy and your spirit faint and your hands are weary if the Christ is not with you. If Jesus Christ is not fully preached, if He is not with us by His Spirit, then everything is in darkness. Obscure the cross, and you will have obscured all spiritual teaching. You cannot say, ‘We will clear upon every doctrine, but we will shun the atonement, since so many cavil at it.’ No, sirs, if that candle is put under a bushel, the whole house is dark. All theology sympathizes with the cross and is colored and tinctured by it. Your pious service, your books, your public worship, will all be in sympathy with the cross one way or another. If the cross is in the dark, so will all your work be.
Spurgeon, C. H. (1995). Discovering the Power of the Cross of Christ. L. Wubbels (Ed.). Lynnwood, WA: Emerald Books.