Acts 16:25-34

Throughout the Easter Season, the daily devotions have been written by members of Faith Lutheran Church. Today’s writer is Brent Lamb.

“About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly there was an earthquake, so violent that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were unfastened. When the jailer woke up and saw the prison doors wide open, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself, since he supposed that the prisoners had escaped. But Paul shouted in a loud voice, “Do not harm yourself, for we are all here.”

The jailer called for lights, and rushing in, he fell down trembling before Paul and Silas. Then he brought them outside and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” They answered, “Believe on the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.” They spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all who were in his house.

At the same hour of the night he took them and washed their wounds; then he and his entire family were baptized without delay. He brought them up into the house and set food before them; and he and his entire household rejoiced that he had become a believer in God.” Acts 16:25-34

It is amazing how God’s timing can be so relevant in our lives.  Upon receiving a request to do an Easter devotional from John Vickery, we had just returned from visiting a falsely accused Faith Choir member in prison.  He also leads prayer with other prisoners as Paul and Silas were doing.  Unfortunately, there have not been any earthquakes in Teague, Texas to open all the doors of the Boyd Unit.

This passage is the story of a prison release, but more importantly, of the conversion of a jailer who asks what he must do to be saved.  Paul and Silas tell him to “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.”  After cleaning their wounds, the jailer and his family were baptized and the jailer became a believer in God.  As we journey through the season of Easter, we look forward to our release through forgiveness with our resurrected Lord.

Let us pray: Our heavenly Father, thank you for our release from the prison of sin through your Son and our Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.

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