THE POWER OF THE GOSPEL
(Acts 16:33 NIV) At that hour of the night the jailer took them and washed their wounds; then immediately he and all his family were baptized.
The Story of Paul and Silas in jail in Acts 16:25-34 is a place of encouragement for all of us. At the time, I am sure that it might not have been the highlight of Paul and Silas’ life but I am sure after what took place it became a place of memorial. This story really shows the power of the Gospel. Here have two men falsely accused, beaten and in jail who make a decision to praise God in away that all hear. The Lord sends deliverance and all the prisoners experience temporal deliverance. The jailer who was not in temporal bondage received the largest deliverance from the earthquake. He cries out and asks to receive deliverance like Paul and Silas. Paul and Silas preach the words of Christ to him and he is transformed by the power of God. Here is a man who inflicts pain on prisoners and is able to sleep through shouts of pain and certainly after a mater of time has developed a very hard heart. The jailer reaches out to receive the Lord and the Lord gives him a heart transplant. The jailer experiences Ezekiel 36:26 where his heart of stone becomes a heart of compassion. We immediately see a change and his home becomes a hospitality center and he personally washes the wounds of the Paul and Silas that he may very well have caused. His family also receives the word of the Lord and we have another example of family salvation. Does that give you hope? Those people that you are praying for that seem impossible are able to be changed with a touch from the Lord. Maybe you have a place in your heart that is hard, then run to the Lord and ask Him to get you out of jail. The earthquake of the Lord is able to come suddenly and change the hardness to a place of compassion.
(Ezek 36:26 NLT) And I will give you a new heart with new and right desires, and I will put a new spirit in you. I will take out your stony heart of sin and give you a new, obedient heart.