15 Apr Jail Break (Acts 5:19) by Dr. Rich Reich
“‘What are you willing to give me if I hand him over to you?’ They paid him thirty pieces of silver.” ~ Acts 5:19 (full readings)
Rich’s Reflections: What did the apostles do when they were set free from prison by the angel of the Lord? When set free, they did the work of the Lord, obeying Him by going out and taking their place to teach in the Temple, as God’s angel had commanded them. Many of us are in prison, although we may not realize it. We are imprisoned by addiction, pornography, unforgiveness, bitterness, etc. We may have prayed and prayed to be released from these prisons, and Jesus is ready to open the gates of our jail through confession, but once free, what will we do? Will we return to our prison? On Good Friday, Jesus was imprisoned in the tomb. Now He is risen! Once freed and risen, Jesus did not return to His prison, but rather took His place and spread God’s word. When Jesus frees us from our prisons, He will command us: “Go out now and take your place in the temple precincts and preach to the people all about this new life” (Acts 5:20). Jesus frees us not only from slavery, but also for evangelization. He calls us to be living proof of the new life His resurrection has made possible.
* Dr. Rich Reich is the co-founder of the National LIFE Runners Team. He is married to Erica and lives in Colorado Springs, CO. Full bio..
Faith Challenge: What will you do with your freedom? Will you return to your prison, or will you go out and share the Good News?
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Faith Quote: “God removes the sin of the one who makes humble confession, and thereby the devil loses the sovereignty he had gained over the human heart.” ~ Saint Bernard
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