At some point in every crime show there is an episode where an important person is kidnapped or wrongly imprisoned. The job of those solving the crimes is to rescue the good guys from the bad guys. Then, miraculously, in the space of 60 minutes, the good guys find a way to rescue the kidnapped child or free the political leader. You know what I’m talking about. We don’t really know all the steps so the process of rescue seems like a miracle.
Oh, if those writers only knew the greatest rescue of all! Paul talked about it in his letter to the Church at Colassae. In his opening prayer Paul mentions all the reasons he is praying for them. As he goes through an amazing list of the changes, he finally gets to the miraculous. “For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.” (Colossians 1:13-14)
In this one sentence, Paul deals with the greatest miracle rescue of all time. A whole world is lost in sin and darkness. Everybody in the world is under the dominion of sin. There is no team of rescuers available because even those who might try to rescue are ensnared in the darkness. Many don’t even realize that they are living in the dominion of darkness. It was into that world that Jesus came. God the Son. He came into this world of darkness and broke through with the light. He trained a small group on how to fight the darkness and then, started the rescue by dying on a cross to bring redemption, the forgiveness of sins to all who would accept it. His resurrection blew open the doors imprisoning people in this world of darkness and made it possible for people to enter the kingdom of the Son. That small band of disciples then shared the gospel and turned the world right-side up.
How often do we watch those TV shows knowing full well that they are fiction and yet cheering for the rescue to happen? Even though I know that the writers have it all planned out that the good person will get rescued, I still have to fight back the tears when it happens. How much greater still is the rescue of people from the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of light? People without hope, who may not even realize they are without hope, are freed from their chains and gain hope and power in Jesus Christ. As I look, though, there are many still in the kingdom of darkness; many still taking orders from the domain of sin. That doesn’t discourage me. That causes me to keep on sharing the good news of Jesus Christ so that others may enter into the kingdom of God’s Son. Join with me in the work ahead.
Dear Lord, thank You for rescuing me from the domain of darkness. Open up the doors of heaven so that others may see Your light and enter into Your kingdom. Use me to share the gospel message so that others may hear of Your grace and forgiveness and enter into the Kingdom of Your Son.