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Do you live like a person who has been rescued?

I’ve never been carried from a burning building or pulled from a car wreck.  No near-death or light-at-the-end of the tunnel experiences … so far.

But I’ve been rescued from something far more dangerous, something more deadly than death itself.  Here’s how Paul describes it:

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).

“The dominion of darkness.”  It just sounds bad, doesn’t it.  Yet that’s where each of us lived prior to surrendering our lives to Jesus.  We lived under the control and mastery of darkness — not just in darkness but controlled by it.

The substitionary death Jesus died on the cross was to set us free from darkness.  Simply put, God rescued us.  He broke the bonds of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of Light.

The death of Jesus turned the lights on for us.  More specifically, it provided redemption and forgiveness — two things we would never have found in darkness.

When I see someone on television who has been just been rescued, I see a person who is grateful and joyful.  Many times, being rescued has a sobering effect on them — helping put life in perspective.  There is a real sense of a second chance.

What about you?  You’ve been rescued, too.  So have I.  Let’s live like it!