|“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.”
The work of Jesus is overwhelmingly precious to the hearts and minds of believers. That God would send His one and only Son to die in our place, paying the penalty for our sin, simply boggles the mind. And, the fact that God would make provision for His Holy Spirit to live within us and guide us along a pathway that leads to our sanctification, or our holiness, also is almost beyond our comprehension.
Yet, this is exactly what God has done. Out of His nearly unfathomable love for us, He has chosen us to belong to Himself. He has drawn us irresistibly into His mercy, grace, and unfailing love.
The Apostle Paul describes this great act of God using these words, found in Colossians 1:13-14:
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.
We are rescued beings. That should stir such an amazement within us that we can hardly contain our joy. In fact, we should share the source of that reality, in a tender and gentle way, with everyone who seeks to know the reason for our joy.
So, as this day opens up before us, let’s not hesitate to celebrate what God has done for us. Out of hearts filled with thanksgiving, let us give praise to God, for He has rescued us and redeemed us. Praise His precious and holy Name!