Gal.1:3,4 – Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for our sins so that He might rescue us from this present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be the glory forevermore. Amen.
Have you ever been rescued? The word rescue conjures up thoughts in our head of being trapped in a burning house, or being pursued by some sort of beast, or maybe being trapped in a car after a wreck. I can’t remember ever being in a life threatening situation like that but I do know about being rescued. That is exactly what happened to each of us when we were born again. It was as if all of us where on a raft going down a river just enjoying the day with no idea we were heading toward a waterfall that would cause us to plunge to our certain death. The problem with the precarious situation the lost find themselves in is that they have no idea that they are in danger and no awareness of their need to be rescued. Christ snatched us out of certain destruction so that we could be with Him. Here is how Albert Barnes describes this rescue.
“That he might deliver us. The word here used exaireo, properly means, to pluck out, to tear out; to take out from a number, to select; then to rescue or deliver. This is the sense here. He came and gave himself that he might rescue or deliver us from this present evil world. It does not mean to take away by death, or to remove to another world, but that he might effect a separation between us and what the apostle calls here, “this present evil world.” The grand purpose was to rescue sinners from the dominion of this world, and separate them unto God.”
This word also has the meaning of choosing for oneself. So when Christ rescued you from that raft that was heading toward the falls, He not only saved you but chose you for Himself. That is the amazing double blessing of redemption. I belonged to another world, a world of darkness, when Christ took me out and brought me to Himself I not only avoided destruction but I met Him. This was what He was after all along, He was after me and you. It was not about saving you from a tragedy so much as it was about Him bringing you into His world of love.