Delivered from Darkness

[13] He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, [14] in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. (Colossians 1:13–14)

This passage serves as a much-needed counterbalance to society’s obsession with the physical world. A prime example is found in the response to COVID-19.

The COVID-19 pandemic was treated throughout the world as the single greatest threat to humanity. Without a doubt, it poses a grave threat. In the United States we became obsessed with finding scientific means to blunt the spread of the novel coronavirus and scientific methods to reduce symptoms in COVID-19 patients. 

I have a strong sense at the pandemic has caused some Christians to lose sight of Jesus teaching in Matthew  chapter 10: 

[28] And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell. (Matthew 10:28)

I can see where some might want to live in denial of this reality. It can be truly frightening to ponder on a threat to humanity that is worse than COVID-19. Being separated from God for all eternity is truly a worse fate that even physical death itself. 

In this passage, the Apostle Paul allays our fears about spiritual death. He reminds us that, for the sake of Jesus, God the Father has delivered us from the “domain of darkness.” We are now citizens of Jesus’ Kingdom, a relationship that will last through all eternity. Praise be to God for such mercy and comfort! 

(A Second Look devotions are available to the church-at-large while written for the congregations of the Ohio District LCMS.)

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