Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains, and sentries before the door were guarding the prison. —Acts 12:6
Peter was in a real pickle. A violent and powerful ruler was hunting his friends. Some had been slaughtered, and Peter had been captured. He was thrown into prison where he was forced to sleep between two soldiers, was bound by double chains, and was guarded by two squads of sentries.
There was no way Peter could get out of this mess on his own. Except . . . no army can stop the plans of God. No chains can take His people’s freedom. No gate can contain His Spirit.
Peter’s story reminds me of my own captivity. Enslaved by sin and death, I couldn’t get out of the mess on my own. And while the prince of darkness seeks to enslave me, Christ has set me free.
Herod’s armies couldn’t stop Him either. No number of guards could prevent Him from breaking out of the tomb. His resurrection means, like Peter, we all get to walk out of the prison of our sin and be free. Free indeed.
Make it Personal
What’s one area of your life where Christ has freed you where you could not free yourself?