He has taken us out of the power of darkness
and created a place for us in the kingdom of the Son that He loves,
and in Him we gain our freedom, the forgiveness of our sins.
– Colossians 1:13-14 (JB)
Christ our Lord, by carrying out the redemption and obtaining forgiveness for our sins,
rescued us from the kingdom of darkness, from the tyranny of the Evil One, and brought us into the kingdom of light, the kingdom of truth and justice, of love and of peace.
God’s love for us was made manifest by His sending His only Son into the world so that we might live through Him.
By dying on the Cross He won life for us;
by redeeming us with His blood He obtained forgiveness for our sins and He secured our salvation forever.
In carrying out this Redemption, our Lord was motivated by His infinite love for man.
This love, which far exceeds anything man could hope for, or could merit,
is to be seen above all in the universal generosity of God’s forgiveness.
This forgiveness, achieved by Christ’s death on the cross,
is the supreme sign of God’s love for us,
for “greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends”. (Jn 15:13)
By enabling our sins to be forgiven,
the Redemption brought about by Christ has restored our dignity
and given back meaning to our life in the world,
a meaning that was lost to a considerable extent because of sin.
REPETITIVE PRAYER FOR TODAY…
Most loving and eternal God, thank You for breaking the stranglehold of death.
Thank You for using love to break down the barriers that would have kept me from You.
Jesus my rescuer, my Saviour, thank You for rescuing me from the darkness,
for saving me and bringing me into the Light, into Your family and Your Kingdom.
I praise and thank You, Lord.