"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."
In C. S. Lewis’ The Silver Chair, the Earthmen lived in the darkness of the Deep Realm without hope of a new life in the Overworld. Until the evil power was destroyed, for them there were no sun, stars, or Overworld, although these did exist. The queen of the Deep Realm wanted her subjects to think that what they experienced was all there was.
Lewis reveals the temptation of any human heart – one regenerated in Jesus or not – to believe that our surface experiences are all that matter. Earthmen that we are, we often are busy, living daily with no expectation of anything more than this natural realm offers. And as there was for Lewis’ characters, there is an intense battle for us to be delivered from the enemy’s lies and to realize there is more than our physical senses reveal.
Jesus gave His life to free us from a dark, hopeless place. He said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life” (John 8:12). Will you walk in His light this New Year?
THE WHOLE WORLD
WAS LOST IN THE
DARKNESS OF SIN,
THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD
(PHILIP P. BLISS, 1838-1876)