Wednesday, 1 October 2008

In a dark world, the light shines...

'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

I think we all know what it feels like to be in a dark room. I mean pitch-black: no light streaming in through curtained windows, no alarm clocks/stars glowing eerily - no light at all.

In complete darkness we cautiously feel our way around, stumbling over obstacles we did not anticipate, as light which illuminates everything (Ephesians 5:13-14) is unimaginable.

Because of the Fall, our world is 'the dominion of darkness' - the nightmare we cannot wake up from. Our efforts to find a solution to this mess ourselves are innumerable: many of us try and live the best way we can, maybe hoping to impress the one society used to revere, but who is now mocked and dismissed as out-of-date and a pushover.

But how can the only light, in a world plunged into darkness, be a pushover (Isaiah 9:2)? When His power is the only thing that can save us? When His mercy and grace are abundant and available to all slaves (us) manacled in shackles (Isaiah 42:6-8)? When He is the only one who can wash away our iniquity and clothe us in righteousness (Psalm 85:2, Isaiah 61:10) ?

Our redeemer reigns... He reigns eternally (Exodus 15:18) in radiance, and His marvellous light will never fade.

Let's trust in Him who shines, and ask Him to help us who have been redeemed to shine too (Matthew 5:13-15), so the world will know how bright His salvation really is.

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