Reflections

Your welfare-soul, spirit and body is our outmost concern. God Bless You
Your welfare-soul, spirit and body is our outmost concern. God Bless You

CAPTION: ANCIENT WORDS, EVER TRUE!

HE TOOK MY PLACE!!

"For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him".
(2 Corinthians 5:21)

This scripture came alive again to my heart yesterday as I was opportuned to make a visit to the Awka Prisons. Like Jeremiah who was instructed to go down to the Potters house for a message (Jeremiah 18:2), the Holy Spirit was also awaiting me at the prison for a message.

Before we were granted permission to enter the prison to minister to the inmates, each of us that were males (3 in number) were given a "tally" with a number written on it (mine was 67). This was because it was an entire male prison. So the "tally" was like an identification seal to differentiate "us" (visitors) from the prisoners.

I got to learn afterwards that without that "tally" we would be counted as a prisoner while a prisoner with the "tally" will be regarded as a visitor and allowed to pass through the gate unidentified. So the only object of my freedom in the midst of the prisoners was my tally (you can imagine how tightly I held to mine).

When we entered I saw that most of the inmates moving around while some were inside the chapel to whom we ministered to. We got to know that of the 430 inmates only 35 were convicted, the rest (395) were all "awaiting trial" inmates and some have been on the awaiting trial list for years; one of them told us he's been there for 18 years awaiting trial (how else do you define injustice?)

WHAT THEN IS THE MESSAGE
The holy Spirit helped me to see that just as I came as a "free" citizen to visit the prisoners, so did Jesus leave His palatial throne to "pay a visit" to human beings who were prisoners to sin on earth. The only "tally" that guaranteed exit from the prison of sin was "righteousness" which we lacked but Jesus had it. Unlike me that held tightly to my own "tally", Jesus willingly gave His own tally to us who by our sinful posture were enemies of God (Romans 5:6-8).

 He imputed His righteousness to us and took our iniquity. He gave the tally of His life, His blood and His all to set us free from the prison and captivity of sin. I couldn't imagine myself doing same; trading my freedom for imprisonment. But Jesus did it.

What else is our duty, but to grab with both hands the salvation He offered us.

What else can I do than to live to the praise of Him Who gave His life for my sake and took my place.

Singing....

Were the whole realm of nature mine,
That were an offering far too small;
Love so amazing, so divine,
Demands my soul, my life, my all.


  • BY: Bro Kene .U.O | Sunday 8 Febuary 2015

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