Before the dawn of history, the Great Rebellion occurred. Satan, the greatest angelic being, rebelled against the True King who created him. So he was banished to the paradise called Earth. There, through wickedness and guile, he deceived its inhabitants, our ancestors, into rebelling against their Maker. In the process, he enslaved them and their descendents and created the dominion of darkness. It still exists today.
This domain is ruled by Satan who disguises himself as an angel of light. But he is an imposter who is in eternal rebellion against the True King. He and those angelic rebels who followed him established their evil rule and convinced humanity that Satan had set them free from God.
Today the whole world lies in the imposter’s grip (1 John 5:19). His reign is marked by hatred, rage, war, depravity, wickedness, disease, fear, anger, shame, and death. This would-be “king” deceives us into believing that darkness is light, evil is good, sin is mere sickness, wrong is right, blindness is sight, straight is crooked. He tells us we’re free–while we’re enslaved to our passions, pleasures, and rebellion against the True King.
Satan controls the hearts and minds of billions of people created by God. Tragically, these individuals don’t realize they’re captive. Nor can they escape by themselves. Living in rebellion against the True King, they deserve His just sentence of death. They are His enemies. (Romans 6:23)
But God still loves all his creatures. In a remarkable demonstration of mercy and grace He designed a way to achieve justice while loving His enemies into His family. (Colossians 1:13-14)
He sent Jesus, His Son, to proclaim good news: the kingdom of the True King was available to anyone who would cease their rebellion, surrender to the True King, and be rescued from the domain of darkness to live in His kingdom of light. (Romans 5:6-8) His kingdom is known by love, joy, beauty, hope, integrity, justice, goodness, mercy, eternal life, and countless other wonderful values.
Rescue, however, would come at a terrible price. The Rescuer Himself would have to pay the price of our rebellion: Death. I’m still wondering how to comprehend a love that would sacrifice one’s own life to rescue billions of enemies. I just can’t imagine it. Apparently, it was beyond the imposter’s imagination, too.
Satan figured that, by helping to kill the Rescuer, he’d seal his rule over the dominion of darkness. But he was wrong. The Rescuer rose from the grave on the third day, breaking the power of sin and death and offering life that would never end to every enemy. The offer even included adoption into the family of the True King! Everyone who welcomed the Rescuer would receive pardon, new life, and become children of God! (John 1:12-13)
Only two kingdoms exist. In which do you live? We can’t live with a foot in each kingdom. So do you serve the True King or the imposter? God gives us our choice: Will we escape to freedom through the Rescuer He sent? Will we allow Him to transform us from enemies into heirs?
If you have chosen rescue, you’re now a child of God, a citizen of His kingdom, and a servant of the True King.
He invites us, his children to serve Him by telling our story. We read in 1 Peter 2:9-10: “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.”
This Easter, come help us celebrate the great Rescue. Let’s joyfully praise the True King and the Rescuer who set us free, Jesus the Christ: God, Son, Savior!