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 (Colossians 1:13,14).
Years ago, my daughter was tasked with writing a school essay describing a significant event in world history, and analyzing why and how the ramifications that resulted changed the course of humanity.
Most of her peers chose topics like V-E Day, the assassination of JFK, or the first moonwalk – events from the 20th century.
As we discussed her options, I suggested a compelling case could be made for the Exodus of the children of Israel from Egypt as being far more impactive than any event of the last 500 years. Moses led the descendents of Abraham from slavery and on to the Promised Land, which in turn led to the birth of the nation of Israel (reborn in 1948), in their promised homeland – a most strategic piece of real estate.
Through Moses, the Lord provided His covenant at Mount Sinai including the 10 Commandments which has become foundational to much of the structure of law in the western world.
Ever since that event 35 centuries ago, the Jews have had an immense influence on the world in geo-politics, medicine and science, commerce and entertainment – and most forcefully, with the coming of the Messiah.
If we were to summarize the event of the Exodus in only two words, I think it could be done with the words “from” and “to”. Yahweh delivered the descendants of Jacob from the grievous and inhumane oppression of Egyptian slavery; but, He also delivered them to “a land flowing with milk and honey” where He promised His providential provision and protection.
That brings me back to Paul’s assertion in Colossians 1 about what the Lord has done for us in the ultimate cosmic Exodus of which the escape under Moses was only a feeble parallel: “He has rescued us from the dominion of darkness”. But of even greater consequence, He has “brought us into the kingdom of the Son He loves”. Paul begins to list the benefits: ”in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.”
Takeaway: do I appreciate the spiritual Exodus that has occurred in my life? What I have been delivered from? And what I have been ushered to? Paul goes on: Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior. But now He has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in His sight, without blemish and free from accusation (Colossians 1:21,22). That’s our Exodus. That’s my “from” and “to”.