“The Lord God’s Prison Breaks Are Awesome”.
Why would I say that? Please read the following verses for an example of one of these prison breaks.
When the high priest and his associates arrived, they called together the Sanhedrin — the full assembly of the elders of Israel — and sent to the jail for the apostles. 22 But on arriving at the jail, the officers did not find them there. So they went back and reported, 23 “We found the jail securely locked, with the guards standing at the doors; but when we opened them, we found no one inside.” 24 On hearing this report, the captain of the temple guard and the chief priests were puzzled, wondering what would come of this.
25 Then someone came and said, “Look! The men you put in jail are standing in the temple courts teaching the people.” 26 At that, the captain went with his officers and brought the apostles. They did not use force, because they feared that the people would stone them.
27 Having brought the apostles, they made them appear before the Sanhedrin to be questioned by the high priest. 28 “We gave you strict orders not to teach in this name,” he said. “Yet you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and are determined to make us guilty of this man’s blood.”
29 Peter and the other apostles replied: “We must obey God rather than men! 30 The God of our fathers raised Jesus from the dead — whom you had killed by hanging him on a tree. 31 God exalted him to his own right hand as Prince and Savior that he might give repentance and forgiveness of sins to Israel. 32 We are witnesses of these things, and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey him.”
33 When they heard this, they were furious and wanted to put them to death. 34 But a Pharisee named Gamaliel, a teacher of the law, who was honored by all the people stood up in the Sanhedrin and ordered that the men be put outside for a little while. 35 Then he addressed them: “Men of Israel, consider carefully what you intend to do to these men. 36 Some time ago Theudas appeared, claiming to be somebody, and about four hundred men rallied to him. He was killed, all his followers were dispersed, and it all came to nothing. 37 After him, Judas the Galilean appeared in the days of the census and led a band of people in revolt. He too was killed, and all his followers were scattered. 38 Therefore, in the present case, I advise you: Leave these men alone! Let them go! For if their purpose or activity is of human origin, it will fail. 39 But if it is from God, you will not be able to stop these men; you will only find yourselves fighting against God.”
40 His speech persuaded them. They called the apostles in and had them flogged. Then they ordered them not to speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go.
41 The apostles left the Sanhedrin, rejoicing because they had been counted worthy of suffering disgrace for the Name. 42 Day after day, in the temple courts and from house to house, they never stopped teaching and proclaiming the good news that Jesus is the Christ.
Is that cool or what? The guards go to the jail to bring the prisoners before them and they are gone. Not only are they gone, but there is also no evidence of how they escaped. The doors are locked, no tunnel to be found.
The hunted, the apostles are not running for their lives, they are back out preaching Jesus to the people which is what got them arrested in the first place.
I love Gamilieles speech about the apostles. If they are not of God, they will fail. If they are of God, the Jewish Religious leaders will find themselves fighting against God. Two questions? How does fighting against God usually turn Out? Are the apostles of God or not?
Then to top it off, they beat the apostles saying you better never preach Jesus again. The apostles take the beating and are happy that they were showing Christ enough in their lives that they were beaten for it.
This Christianity that believers are part of is radical; not in the sense that believers are out tearing stuff apart. It is radical because of the changes the Holy Spirit does within the believer’s lives.
Friends, brothers, and sisters, you are not below a make-believe threshold that you can’t ever be changed. Simply accept Jesus’ blood for your sins, believe He was buried and raised again and you are on the way to dynamic change. Perhaps you believe not all change is good.
Take it from believers everywhere, this change is fabulous.
Be Blest, Be a Blessing.