Reading: “The prisoner of Jesus Christ.”—Ephesians 3:1
Are you a prisoner of Jesus Christ? If so, like the apostle, you are bound with the chains of Jesus “the hope of Israel”—and they are golden chains. When Paul and Silas were fast bound in the prison, the consciousness of this made them sing for joy. Men have their prisons, and God has His. But here lies the vast difference: no bars or grates, among the closest prisons of men, can shut God out from comforting his prisoners; and, on the contrary, nothing can come in to afflict Jesus’ prisoners when he keeps them by the sovereignty of his grace, and love, and power.
Blessed Lord! Look on your poor prisoner; and come in, dear Lord, with wonderful condescension, and do as you have said—sup with him.