Monday, 18 March 2013
The Great Escape ( Devotional 1)
‘Then the high priest and all his associates, who were members of the party of the Sadducees, were filled with jealousy. They arrested the apostles and put them in the public jail. But during the night an angel of the Lord opened the doors of the jail and brought them out. “Go stand in the temple courts,” he said, “and tell the people the full message of this new life.” Acts 5 (17-20) How many of us have found ourselves locked inside our own personal jail cells? Maybe you find are struggling to find the money to pay your mortgage, your rent, your electricity or gas bills? Maybe you have found yourself in some other seemingly inescapable Cul De Sac of life and you feel as if you are banging your head against the proverbial brick wall. Paul teaches us that God doesn’t do brick walls. He can remove bricks, one by one, he can open doors that seem securely locked. Have you asked him to unlock your doors? But then something even more incredible happened in the story of the apostle’s escape. ‘But on arriving at the jail, the officers did not find them there. So they went back and reported. “We found the jail securely locked, with the guards standing at the doors; but when we opened them, we found no-one inside.” ‘ Acts 5 (22-23) The guards were standing at the doors! So not only did the Angel of the Lord open the locked jail cell to let the apostles out, he did it without the guards even noticing, in front of their noses! Now how amazing is that? Jesus is there for us, to plot our great escape. We don’t need to dig any secret tunnels, we don’t need to get down on our hands and knees or squeeze ourselves through the floorboards.
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