“He has delivered us from the power of darkness and brought us into the Kingdom of the Son He loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. He is the image of the invisible God, firstborn over all creation.”
We understand from the accounts of Jesus’ birth in the New Testament, that he arrived on this earth amidst very meager conditions (born in a stable fit for animals), brought into this world through the womb of a most unlikely young lady (Mary – who was of no high social order), and He was born in Bethlehem, not a city of great prestige. Yet in all of this, God’s plans were fulfilled just as they had been foretold many years before. The King of all Kings was coming and would arrive this very night. Working backwards in this passage we can see a glimpse of who God is as Jesus is referred to as, the “image of the invisible God, firstborn over all creation.” He encompassed all that God is in human form that we are unable to see with the eyes of man. For in Christ, God shows us His righteousness, goodness, wisdom, power, and in short, His entire self.
Now working forward in this passage we see, “He has delivered us from the power of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son He loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.” What an amazing gift Christ Jesus was then and now is to us in that he came as God’s “special delivery” in the form of a baby, who would grow to fulfill all that He had been sent to accomplish, namely, to deliver us out of darkness and bring us into His kingdom, granting us full redemption, through the forgiveness of our sins. He is the greatest gift ever given in all of human history – and the value of this gift to us is immeasurable as it allows all who accept it freely, access into God’s kingdom for all of eternity. There are times when our greatest struggle is to accept this free gift which continues to give over and over again, day after day, year after year as God’s grace and love continually pour over our lives and those we touch. The majesty and wonder of the true story of Christmas is that God came to us, when we were not able come to him, giving us all of himself, so that in time we could become all that he has called us to be.
Connecting Faith & Life:
Father, thank You for this Christmas season as we’re able to celebrate the birth of our Savior, Your Son, Jesus. He is the greatest gift You could have ever given us as Your way of calling us back to You through His birth, life, death, burial, and glorious resurrection from the grave. Thank You for delivering us out of great darkness and into the “Kingdom of the Son You Love.” Thank You for this Christmas season as we have the opportunity to thank You for our Savior, and the ultimate hope we have through salvation because of Your ever-lasting mercy, grace, and forgiveness. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.