Darkness. There is a kingdom, a domain of darkness. When I look around I can’t help but see it if I’m looking for it. Not to be morbid, but it’s all around us. Remaining ignorant is anything but blissful. It leads to being enveloped in that kingdom, that domain, forever.
Every human being is born into that kingdom and will die in that kingdom unless rescued, redeemed from it. What an absolutely glorious statement is found in Colossians 1:12-14, “the Father has qualified you to share in the inheritance of saints in the kingdom of light. 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.”
The sin nature we inherited from Adam, plus the sinful independence from God we ourselves have displayed, demonstrates our citizenship in the kingdom of darkness. God moves to provide transformation and transfer of citizenship, giving us faith and a new heart to love him and his Son as we enjoy the remainder of our earth life and all of eternity as citizens of the kingdom of light.
Have you ever played “Capture the Flag?” When a team member is being held captive in enemy territory someone from your team must go into enemy territory, all the way to the “jail” and touch the captive in order for them to be released.
The analogy is weak, but apt. Christ came all the way into the kingdom of darkness to become one of us so he could touch our hearts and release us into the kingdom of light.