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Imprisoned For Christ

John Collins09/09/2012

Acts 16 tells how our trials are a tool in God's hand to save the lost.  Because of the grace and love of Paul and Silas, the jailer came to know Jesus Christ.

Paul and Silas were not discouraged by their chains while in prison.  They were praying and singing hymns of worship to God, loudly enough that the other prisoners were listening to them.

Around midnight, a great earthquake shook the foundation of the prison so violently that the doors to the prison were opened and the bonds that held every prisoner were unfastened.

The jailer woke and realized that the doors were opened, and assumed that the prisoners had fled.  Rather than allow himself to be tortured for failing to keep the prisoners in their cells, the jailer started to take his own life with his sword.

Paul yelled loudly for the jailer to stop.  "Do not harm yourself, for we are all here," Paul said.  

When the jailer called for lights and rushed into the prison, he fell at the feet of Paul and Silas in fear.  He brought them out of the prison and asked them, "Sirs, what must I do to be saved?"

Paul and Silas replied that if the jailer believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, he would be saved along with all of his household.  The jailer took Paul and Silas to his house, and they spoke the Word of the Lord to all who were within.  In the very same night, the jailer and all of his family were baptized.

Paul, Silas, the jailer, and his entire family feasted and rejoiced together.  They all gave God the praise for their salvation through their faith in the One True God.

As Christians, we should ask ourselves:  Do we rejoice in the trials we face, or do we become cast down with no hope?  Do we realize that God works his salvation of ourselves and others through the trials we go through?  Are we angry at the men who imprisoned Pastor Youcef, or do we give glory unto God in knowing that his testimony of grace and love may have reached one lost soul?