8th August 2017

A Get-Out-Of-Jail-Free Card!

“[He came to] release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.”
Hebrews 2:15 (NKJV)

I’m sure we’ve all played Monopoly as a family—or Monotony as I refer to it! As you know, it is a very tense game of wheeling and dealing; of amassing lots of property and, of course, cash. It’s kind of like a version of “Who Wants to be a Millionaire,” and, of course, the winner is the person with all the property and cash. But you know, I believe that the most important and exciting part is whenever you pick up a “get-out-of-jail-free” card. It’s a gift, it’s something to treasure and to use at that moment when you find yourself behind bars, locked up, trapped and unable to get out by your own strength.

Did you know that God’s plan for this planet and all humanity contains a “get-out-of-jail-free card”? It, too, is an amazing gift. We all have one and His name is Jesus! This amazing freedom was accomplished for all of us at the cry, “It is finished!” This declaration is only one word in the Greek language—‘tetelestai’—it is finished; it stands finished, and always will be finished! This cry of victory came from lips that were split, swollen and bloodied from the severe beating by Roman soldiers, and after this cry he gave up his life for us (John 19:30). You probably remember that He had told His disciples earlier that no one takes his life from Him but He will lay it down willingly and He can also take it up again because the Father gave Him the power to do so—notice these verses in John 10:17-18. So, it was job done for everyone; for all time!

This is the amazing Card that breaks us free from the imprisonment in which sin and death has always held us. It is the only way for it to happen. Ephesians 2:8-9 tell us, “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.” Salvation, I might add is not on the instalment plan, but has been paid in full by a faithful Saviour who gave His all so that we all might have this incredible Card which liberates us from slavery. But, of course, we all need to accept this freedom for ourselves; when we do that there is joy in heaven and our Father rejoices! (Luke 15:7).

Prayer
Thank you, Lord, for the precious liberty we have in you—freedom right now from the power of sin and death—the shackles are gone forever!
Amen

Study by Cliff Neill

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About the Author:
Cliff Neill is an Elder in Grace Communion Church Luton.

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Grace Communion Church Luton
Farley Hill Methodist Church
North Drift Way
Farley Hill
LUTON LU1 5JE

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