Tomorrow I'll be preaching from Paul's letter to the Colossians, chapter 1, verses 9-14. After I had written my sermon I found myself continuing to linger over one particular verse, 13, where Paul says this:
"He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son,"
In just a few words Paul is talking about what is an accomplished fact for all people with faith in Jesus. They have been taken, rescued even, from the kingdom of darkness, where they essentially lived as prisoners, and placed into the kingdom of Christ. They have been taken to a place that is so utterly different from the place of darkness that we could say that the difference is blinding.
Paul calls the first place the "domain of darkness," which suggests to me a place that is unbelievably dark. It is hard to find a place that dark in real life. Think perhaps of a cave, a mine, or the interior of a ship when the power is off. A place that is so dark your eyes never adjust, and never will.
And the other place, "the kingdom of his beloved Son." A place that is dazzling in its brilliance when we first come into it. So bright that we put on our sunglasses and find that we are still squinting. Like the sun shining on new fallen snow.
But the difference of the kingdom of the Son is that our eyes do begin to adjust. We begin to see with clarity the beauty of our Lord and the place he has prepared for those he loves.
And that is what I find myself coming back to in this verse, that by faith in the work of Christ Jesus, the images of the cross and the empty tomb, deliverance has been accomplished, for me, and for all who believe.
It's a fact. I no longer am a prisoner of the domain of darkness but have been transferred to the kingdom of the Son. May this fact also be true of you. Amen.
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