Going to jail

Stained glass at St John the Baptist's Anglica...
Stained glass at St John the Baptist’s Anglican Church http://www.stjohnsashfield.org.au, Ashfield, New South Wales. Illustrates Jesus’ description of himself “I am the Good Shepherd” (from the Gospel of John, chapter 10, verse 11). This version of the image shows the detail of his face. The memorial window is also captioned: “To the Glory of God and in Loving Memory of William Wright. Died 6th November, 1932. Aged 70 Yrs.” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

No I myself am not going to jail, I have done nothing to deserve such a thing. There are rules and laws to abide by in any society and as such there are penalties to be paid by those who don’t heed those laws. If we live in a society, a group of people, we must do that with respect to our neighbour’s needs, one of which is expecting us to live in harmony with them. If we cannot live together in harmony then we will be cast out. Each country has its own laws and statutes but generally speaking they are all accepted by those living there. If the truth be known I deserve punishment for some of the things I have done in my life though as far as society is concerned they were not enough to warrant a punishment. That means there is a level of tolerance which once surpassed is dealt with. We are all by nature wrong-doers, it is part of who we are as humans. How great those wrongs are depends upon us as individuals but even the smallest thing doesn’t go unnoticed. By whom? You might ask but not understand or believe when told. Whether we believe or not depends upon ourselves but there is a judge. God is that Judge. You may think you have gotten away with all sorts of misdemeanours not punishable by the society in which you live but they are a mark on your character, a blemish that cannot be removed and it spoils what should be a clean and spotless being, perfect in every way. Originally we were made to be that way but we became spoiled and imperfect and because of that our perfect Creator wants nothing to do with us. The only problem is we are loved by our Creator God and because of that He doesn’t want us to perish in ‘jail’ forever. He made it possible for our wrong-doing to be paid for so that we could be clean again and set free. How great is that? Our misdemeanours have been dealt with but by whom? By Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten Son. It is a profound mystery but it is the truth, we can only be saved through what he has achieved on our behalf. We were helpless to do anything but by the love of God through Jesus Christ we, if we believe and repent have been forgiven. We have been washed clean again and have gained everlasting life, guiltless and free forever. Naturally we will still stumble and make mistakes but by the grace of God through Jesus Christ we will be forgiven if we confess those mistakes, we are no longer bound in chains, held captive by sin, we are set free!

Why not take a minute and ponder these things? Will you continue to believe there is nothing wrong? Would you like to know that you have been forgiven and set free from sin which leads to death? Would you like the assurance of God’s love and His gift of everlasting life? Then ask Jesus to be your saviour for he has already paid the price for your sins. Repent and be saved.

Shirley Anne

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