No Better Question

Today’s readings are Isaiah 11 and Acts 16:16-40.

A week after the passing of Billy Graham, there is little doubt that the question that has been asked by the jailer after he had witness the miracle of the jail doors being open (v26) is a question s that I wished more people would ask.

We read, that at about midnight when both Paul and Silas were praying and singing (vs25-28) and the doors were open wide, such shock struck the jailer that he was prepared to kill himself as he feared the prisoners had escaped. Thankfully there was time for Paul to tell him not to fear as they were all still there. The jailer then called for the lights, rushed in and fell trembling before Paul and Silas.  We read at that point that “He then brought them out and asked, “Sirs what must I do to be saved?”

I am not even sure hat the great Billy Graham could have done better. In fact I am sure he couldn’t. But I am also confident that he would have responded in the same way. Simple and direct, “Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved, you and your household” (v31). Such a question and such a wonderful response that brought a man and his household into faith in Jesus Christ.

In fact as you read these verses you actually discover that the converts from Philippi were a  business man, a slave girl in bondage to an evil spirit and a Roman jailer. Here we see first hand the reality of a new community in Christ being established. Where there were no divisions over race, class or creed.

Today remember that Christ breaks down barriers that separate us and creates a new community for us.

May his name always be praised.

Pastor Barney.

p.s. Thanks Jane for your fellowship in Christ.