Wednesday, October 4, 2006

Chains That Fall

If Christianity cannot release people from the bondage of sin then for what did Christ die? On the Road to Damascus the Lord Jesus spoke of Saul's mission in life:

"...I have appeared to you for this purpose, to appoint you as a servant and witness to the things in which you have seen me and to those in which I will appear to you, delivering you from your people and from the Gentiles--to whom I am sending you to open their eyes, so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me." (Act 26.16b-18 ESV)

John Wesley relates the following event in his Journal for September 30, 1740:

"As I was expounding the twelfth of the Acts, a young man, with some others, rushed in, cursing and swearing vehemently; he so disturbed all near him that, after a time, they put him out. I observed it and called to let him come in, that our Lord might bid his chains fall off.

"As soon as the sermon was over, he came and declared before us all that he was a smuggler, then going on that work, as his disguise, and the great bag he had with him, showed. But he said he must never do this more, for he was now resolved to have the Lord for his God."

In the visitations of Jesus Christ through his Spirit the chains of sin still fall to the ground.