After visiting the site of Lydia’s conversion, we went a short way to the ancient ruins of Phillipi. Impressive stone work from both Greek and Roman times. These ruins contained the jail site where the locals imprisoned Paul and Silas for casting out a demonic spirit from a slave girl that would fortune tell for her master and earn money. Angered by his sudden financial loss, the owner stirred up the crowds against them. During the night there was an earthquake freeing them from their chains. The jailer drew his sword to kill himself thinking the prisoners had escaped. Paul reassured him that they were still there. Then the jailer rushed in:
Acts 16 Acts 16:28-32 But Paul cried with a loud voice, “Do not harm yourself, for we are all here.” And the jailer called for lights and rushed in, and trembling with fear he fell down before Paul and Silas. Then he brought them out and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” And they said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.” And they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all who were in his house.
Paul’s response to the jailer was so simple, yet so profound. Faith in Jesus is all that is required for salvation. That simple message is true today as well. Thank Jesus for your salvation. It is a gift of freedom. Allow him to break the chains that bind you today.
Living without chains,