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READ: Acts 16:23-34
23 And when they had laid many stripes on them, they threw them into prison, commanding the jailer to keep them securely.
24 Having received such a charge, he put them into the inner prison and fastened their feet in the stocks.
25 But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them.
26 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 chains were loosed.
27 And the keeper of the prison, awaking from sleep and seeing the prison doors open, supposing the prisoners had fled, drew his sword and was about to kill himself.
28 But Paul called with a loud voice, saying, “Do yourself no harm, for we are all here.”
29 Then he called for a light, ran in, and fell down trembling before Paul and Silas.
30 And he brought them out and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”
31 So they said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.”
32 Then 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 stripes. And immediately he and all his family were baptized.
34 Now when he had brought them into his house, he set food before them; and he rejoiced, having believed in God with all his household.

The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; Those who dwelt in the land of the shadow of death, upon them a light has shined (Isaiah 9:2).

It is a common saying that the man who dries cocoa seed dries together with his cocoa. This implies that the jailer as well as Paul were in jail. While Paul was physically in bondage but spiritually free from Satan, sin and hell, the Jailer was spiritually in the bondage of Satan, on his way to hell, despite that he was physically free. Thank God for the heavenly visitation that eventually came.

The Light of Christ did not only set Paul and Barnabas physically free, but also broke the chain of darkness on the neck of the Jailer (cf. Jn. 8:12, 32, 36). This is similar to what happened on the day of Pentecost, when thousands of men and women, who were earlier accusing the disciples of drunkenness, got the shock of their lives, as Peter opened them to their nakedness (Acts 2:37). The Jailor who was to secure Paul and Silas from escaping the prison house soon discovered that, he was himself in serious chains, needing deliverance and real security (Acts. 16:30).

There are countless cases of the kettle calling the pot black, from the spiritual point of view. Imagine the same man who is guilty of an offence, seating as trial judge over an ‘unfortunate’ or a ‘less-privileged’ person accused of the same offence. That is life for you. Though, man’s conscience may fail him, God knows and judges every heart accordingly (Jn. 8:7-9). What about ministers who are themselves Satan’s captives but are claiming to be casting out evil spirits from their ‘customers’ and losing them (Acts 19:14-16)?

Believers who are put in the helm of affairs must search themselves out and surrender their lives to God, so as not to work in vain. To be free from darkness, there must be openness and sincerity to God, self, and the brethren. How long can you hide (Psa. 139:1ff)? Cry out unto the Lord for salvation and deliverance, today, as you allow the Light of the Gospel to penetrate your heart.

1. Lord, set me free from the captivity of sin, flesh and Satan.
2. Father, please intervene and set free all Christians in any form of captivity.
3. Oh Lord, open the eyes of our neighbours who have not received You as their personal Lord and Saviour, to the Light of the Truth of Your Salvation.

EXTRA READING FOR TODAY: I Chronicles 15:6 – 16:39; John 19:38 – 20:17.

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