Hi everyone, Rob here. Colossians 1:13-14 tells us that the Father “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.” Remember the movie Titanic when Rose is close to death, and is surrounded by death. She plucks up the strength to blow the whistle to alert her rescuers and embrace life once again. Near the end of the movie, Rose is an old woman and the camera pans over her bedside photos to show a life that was full of adventure and vitality. This begs the question, what have we done with our rescue?
I suspect that we have made two mistakes. We have underestimated the fullness of life in God’s kingdom that we were rescued for, AND we have underestimated the depth of the darkness that we were rescued from. In other words, we were rescued for life from death. The rescue is not the end of the story; it’s the beginning of the story. But it’s one heck of a beginning. You see, Jesus didn’t just come from heaven to earth to get us moving in a new direction. He came to rescue us from the clutches of evil, death and darkness: “And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross (Colossians 2:15).”
The rescue is at the heart of nearly every good book you’ll read and movie you’ll see. It’s at the heart of our story too, but the rescue had a purpose. We have now been brought into life in a new kingdom that Jesus calls “life in all its fullness (John 10:10).” So Paul writes, “So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness (Colossians 2:6-7).” Don’t just accept the rescue but embrace the rescuer. Don’t wave goodbye to him but follow him, imitate him and be filled with his life. Remember that he is not only the One who saves us from death and darkness, but is the source of all life and light. Therefore, we give him everything; our life, our heart, our careers, our strengths and weaknesses, our dreams and our disappointments. We receive his mercy and put on his strength. We die to self but as we embrace Christ we become more like our true selves every day. The forces of evil, death and darkness may still impact us, but they no longer have a hold on us. We are free from their clutches and now stand in the authority, freedom and life of Christ our King.
I’m writing this with a numb mouth after a trip to the dentist this morning. Too many of us are going through life numb. “God made you alive with Christ” Paul writes in Colossians 3:13. Let’s celebrate our rescue by embracing the life and Spirit of our rescuer. let’s give him honour by coming alive to him and living our lives for him, by him and through him. We belong to his kingdom. We have been made new. We have been thoroughly rescued.