For He delivered us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son. (Col 1:13 NAS)
What a high and lofty word! You can see the bright and lovely kingdom of Jesus Christ opened up and filled with salvation and gracious forgiveness of all sins. Here the doors are opened to a sunny, friendly and blessed home to which it is just too easy and inviting to go – leaving behind the earthly abode quite readily as this was too often associated with mourning and tears. This lovely kingdom belongs to him, whom we know from the gospel. He is the one, who revives the daughter of Jairus and saves her from the clutches of death. Thus he helps the father too. The domain of darkness, suffering, illness and death gives way before this glorious king. Just as light goes forth from the sun and precedes its course, so too light and brightness, joy and salvation go forth from the son Jesus Christ. He is promoting his kingdom and builds it wherever he comes. We rejoice that we too have been called into this kingdom and are part of it. It makes all our burdens relative and bearable, because no suffering weighs up to the wonderful salvation that we are expecting on account of his faithful promises. In this conviction all hardship becomes bearable, because we realize that it is only a temporary interception and just an interval and break. However we do press on forward here in this world, knowing that his time is coming, when all this hardship will be past and gone and there will be no more trouble, crying or tears.
Lord God! Let that day appear soon, when we will be led out of all evil and hardship, when we’ll be released from satanic tribulations and mortal afflictions here. Stand with us o Lord as we are waiting for your salvation. Let us not give up even if we don’t see you and help us like a true Father and let us always remember that we are your children even if we are hard pressed with sin, death and devil. The bright morning star is already promising the rising sun and coming morning as we await the glorious fulfilment of all your promises, o Lord our God. Amen. (Chr. Blumhardt)
1 Christ is surely coming Bringing His reward, Alpha and Omega, First and Last and Lord: Root and stem of David, Brilliant Morning Star: Meet your Judge and Saviour, Nations near and far!
2 See the holy city! There they enter in, All by Christ made holy, Washed from ev’ry sin: Thirsty ones, desiring All he loves to give, Come for living water, Freely drink, and live!
3 Grace be with God’s people! Praise His holy name! Father, Son, and Spirit, Evermore the same; Hear the certain promise From the eternal home: “Surely I come quickly! Come, Lord Jesus, come!”
This is a rather free translation of Wilhelm Löhe’s devotion for Friday after the twenty fourth Sunday after the high holiday of the Holy Trinity. It is found on Pg. 388 in Lob sei Dir ewig, o Jesu! (Eternal Praise to you o Jesus!) edited by A. Schuster and published in the Freimund Verlag, Neuendettelsau 1949.