Today's Reading: Colossians 1:9-14
Who rescued us from the power of darkness and transferred us into the Kingdom of His beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins." (Colossians 1:13-14)
In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. The powers of darkness and death don't have any power over you. Death's day is done, Satan's kingdom is conquered, and sin's price is paid. Jesus took care of all that. He endured the darkness and the despair of the cross. "The sun was darkened from sixth hour until the ninth hour" (Matthew 27:45), and He cried out, "My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?" (Matthew 27:46)
He did this FOR YOU. Even while we were still sinners, Christ died for the ungodly. He died for the times when you wander back into darkness, the devil's schemes, and sin. He died for the sins that bother you, the sins you find yourself in, the messes you've made of your life, and your relationships. He rose from the dead for the death that will claim your body through sickness, cancer, tragedy, or old age.
You really have been given an inheritance with the saints in light. You were brought out of the domain of darkness, and now you are in the light of the Lord because you've been baptized into Him. The gates of the Kingdom are no longer closed to you: Your pastor's Absolution has opened the gates wide open FOR YOU. You've received the very means of redemption: Jesus' own Body and Blood, in the Supper.
You've been redeemed by the precious blood of Christ. You've been ransomed from the domain and power of darkness. You have the forgiveness of sins this redemption and ransom have won. You've received it at the font, in the hearing of the Gospel, in receiving Absolution, and in eating and drinking of Jesus' Body and Blood in the Supper. It may not seem like it at times, but the Kingdom is yours now. Jesus' Word and gifts say so. His cross won it and He delivers it--both now and forever. In the Name + of Jesus. Amen.
The watchers on the mountain Proclaim the Bridegroom near; Go forth as He approaches With alleluias clear. The marriage feast is waiting; The gates wide open stand. Arise, O heirs of glory; The Bridegroom is at hand. (Rejoice, Rejoice, Believers, LSB 515:2)