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June 19, 2014

A Jailer Who Was Set Free

Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” Acts 16:30 (NLT)

This was the desperate cry of a jailer to his prisoners! “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” You would think it would be just the other way around, but not when it involves those early followers of Christ in the Book of Acts. One of my favorite authors described these believers as incorrigibly happy, utterly unafraid and almost always in trouble! It was certainly the case for the Apostle Paul and his companion, Silas. Would people describe your walk of faith like that? These guys lived out the incredible adventure of the saving life of Christ, clothing Himself in their very humanity!  Anyone who got within earshot of them would be exposed to the message of Christ! They weren’t weird street preachers screaming at people to “turn or burn!” But, they did boldly share the love of God and the message of Jesus to everyone they met. On this occasion, we find Paul and Silas in jail. They’ve been beaten with rods and confined in stocks in a cold, dark, damp dungeon. You think that would be enough to silence them or at least discourage their zeal! No way! They began singing hymns while locked up in those stocks. The music must have caused the Lord to tap His feet to the tune because there was an earthquake that shook the jail and opened all the prison doors, setting all the prisoners free! When the jailer realized the prisoners were all free, he took his sword out to kill himself. Rather than fleeing the jail, Paul shouted as loudly as he could for the jailer to stop and not to harm himself with the assurance that they weren’t going anywhere. That’s when the jailer brought them out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” This jailer recognized in them a quality of life that he desperately wanted. Let me jump to the end. That very night, this jailer and his entire household listened to Paul’s message about Jesus and were saved! In fact, the Bible says, Even at that hour of the night, the jailer cared for them and washed their wounds. Then he and everyone in his household were immediately baptized.” (Vs. 33) Wow! They believed and were baptized immediately! There was no hesitation! No reservations! Have you believed? Have you taken that next step and been baptized? We saw over 1,000 people take that step a couple of weeks ago. If you’re in the Houston area, join us at any one of our Woodlands Church campuses as we celebrate a super summer of baptisms!