In prison, yet free!

Acts 16:25-33 (ESV) About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them, 26 and suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken. And immediately all the doors were opened, and everyone’s bonds were unfastened. 27 When the jailer woke and saw that the prison doors were open, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself, supposing that the prisoners had escaped. 28 But Paul cried with a loud voice, “Do not harm yourself, for we are all here.” 29 And the jailer called for lights and rushed in, and trembling with fear he fell down before Paul and Silas. 30 Then he brought them out and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” 31 And they said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.” 32 And they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all who were in his house. 33 And he took them the same hour of the night and washed their wounds; and he was baptized at once, he and all his family.

The boys may have been imprisoned but they were not the ones bound. It was the jailer who was bound, even though he was free to go after his shift. Both were in jail, one was bound, one was free. When you’ve been Unleashed by the love and power of our Saviour, man cannot recapture you. This is why it says in another portion of scripture, “he in whom the Son sets free, is free indeed”. Our freedom in Christ supersedes anything man attempts to do to recapture us. Let’s then never allow unforgiveness, bitterness, strife, anger, jealousy, immorality…to capture us, rather, let’s live in the freedom Christ purchased for us and set free as many people along the way as possible.