Posted by: Omar C. Garcia | October 5, 2013

Illuminate

Darkness — even the mention of the word can conjure up images of childhood fears. Being afraid of the dark is, perhaps, the most commonly shared fear among children. And I know more than a few adults who still have some measure of fear of the dark.

Darkness is a commonly used metaphor in the Bible to describe life apart from God. The Bible tells us that Satan is the ruler of the domain of darkness. His agenda is to keep people in the dark, to keep them from seeing God clearly.

Jesus, on the other hand, referred to Himself as “the light of the world” (John 8:12). When He began His ministry, Jesus traveled to Capernaum by the sea in fulfillment of Isaiah’s words: “the people dwelling in darkness have seen a great light” (Matt. 4:16). And indeed they did.

The Apostle Paul reminded the saints at Colossae that prior to coming to faith in Christ they lived in the domain of darkness under the rule of Satan, the prince of darkness. But God did something remarkable. He stormed the darkness, rescued them, and transferred them to the kingdom of His beloved Son, ruler of the kingdom of light.

As citizens of the kingdom of His beloved Son, God gives us all we need. And as new creatures in Christ, we should not carry old baggage, the stuff from the darkness that can cause our love for God to grow cold. Instead, we should live to please the One who rescued us.

Join us this Sunday evening as we celebrate what it means to be in the light and to praise the One who “delivered us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins” (Col. 1:13-14).

Illuminate WG


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