Acts 16:34 – Verse of the Day 3/21/13
In Acts 16, Paul and Silas were thrown in prison for preaching the Gospel. Their response was to spend the night praying and singing hymns, in the midst of which there was an earthquake so violent that the doors of the prison were thrown open and the prisoner’s chains were broken. According to Roman law, if prisoners were to escape the jailor was to die in their place, so we can imagine both the jailor’s expectation when he found the jail cells open and even more his perplexity and relief when he found the prisoners still calmly sitting in their cells waiting to tell him the good news about Jesus. His joy is understandable; he not only kept his earthly life but gained an eternal one!
Unlike the jailor, we are often tempted to take our salvation for granted. Spend some time reflecting on what it truly means to have crossed over from death to life, to receive salvation when we were dead in our sins. Praise God joyfully for this wonderful gift.