Every once in a while we are captivated by an exceptional story on the news of someone who is rescued. Sometimes it is from a car accident, a natural disaster, a fire, a hijacker, or even modern day slavery. We cheer, sometimes with live television cameras, as we watch the drama unfold and a person becomes freed from the imminent danger they were in. These rescues are even more captivating when they happen right in our own communities, especially when we consider it could have been us. Occasionally one of the news shows will bring together the rescuer and the rescued a few months down the road in an emotional reunion. We often see, with many tears, a grateful person express to their rescuer how thankful they are to have a second chance at life.
But the truth is that all of us in Christ have experienced a dramatic rescue. Here is the way Paul states it in Colossians 1:13, “For He [Jesus] 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.” Jesus himself stepped into a world of brokenness and darkness, rescued us from danger, and brought us unto the kingdom of light (v. 12). He was fully capable of delivering us from the worst possible situations. He relocated us from a kingdom of darkness to a kingdom of light! I no longer live under the prince of darkness, but under the reign of King Jesus. Because my allegiances are for a different king, it changes the way I live my life.
This fall we’re going to be walking through the book of Colossians in our Sunday worship gathering. Paul is going to play out the implications of being rescued from darkness and what it means to walk in the light. These implications impact our personal holiness, our relationships with our spouse, our children, and the world around us. As we open the book of Colossians and open our hearts to the transforming power of these words, may God equip us to become more and more like the people He desires.