122 times in the NIV bible, some form of the word Prison or Prisoner comes up.
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You may be surprised by the way God used Prison and captivity as a lesson for His people.
Here is one of my new favorites:
God sets the lonely in families,
to open eyes that are blind,
The cowering prisoners will soon be set free;
The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me,
As for you, because of the blood of my covenant with you,
“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor.
Was that Christ speaking there? As foretold in Isaiah?
Then was He using a metaphor, or is it intentionally literal?
What if we are ALL prisoners? Prisoners in this world of sin?
And if so, how then can we expect to escape?
Isn’t salvation meant for us ALL?
Christ went to prison, as did John before Him, then Peter and Paul after.
They were beaten, chained, and made to suffer.
Can we expect to help others know Christ without being made a little uncomfortable?
Continue to remember those in prison
This world is already more than a little uncomfortable for many.
To them, we can be the face of Christ they need most
because He came to free everyone from prison.
Do not be afraid of what you are about to suffer.