The night before Herod was to bring him to trial, Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains, and sentries stood guard at the entrance. Suddenly an angel of the Lord appeared and a light shone in the cell. He struck Peter on the side and woke him up. “Quick, get up!” he said, and the chains fell off Peter’s wrists.
Acts 12:6-7 (NIV)
About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everyone’s chains came loose. The jailer woke up, and when he saw the prison doors open, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself because he thought the prisoners had escaped. But Paul shouted, “Don’t harm yourself! We are all here!”
Acts 16:25-28 (NIV)
I have never been arrested but I have been in prison. I have been in the prison of emotional pain. I have also been in the prison of spiritual torment brought on by sin. The walls of this prison are thick, the bars are like titanium and the guards are ferocious. In this self imposed prison, I see no way out. It is a dark and dank place. The fear and loneliness of isolation is paralyzing. I cry out but I see no one who can help me.
Have you ever been in such a place? Do you know the walls? Do you know the bars? Do you know the fear? Do you know the isolation? Do you know the darkness? Do you know the desperation? Do you know the paralysis? Do you know someone who does? Well the doors are locked and we see no way out. Sin has us crippled and imprisoned; we sit on death row and in the dark. Dark is a scary place.
Well, there is a way out though and Jesus has the key. Jesus turns on the lights. Jesus melts away fear through faith in him. Our loving Father has sent Jesus to set us free from the prison and darkness of sin. God sends Angels who cause earthquakes. God sends Angels to knock down the walls, tear down the bars, scare the guards and removes the shackles that bind us. Don’t wait another day, amnesty through Jesus is yours for the asking. Jesus is the key that can set you free. God has and continues to do what it takes to restore you freedom and faith. The door is open the walls are knocked down, come into God’s light a free person. Sin has been beaten, the prison of sin has been removed, so come on out be free.