“Get out of jail free” card

Galatians 3:22,14 22 But the Scripture declares that the whole world is a prisoner of sin, so that what was promised, being given through faith in Jesus Christ, might be given to those who believe.  14 He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit.

Monopoly: the longest board game known to mankind.  It is a fun one, especially if you own all the properties on the board.  But there’s one little spot that is no fun to land on; it is the “go to jail” space.  Who wants to go to jail?  What a bummer.  It keeps you from advancing around the board and buying.  You just feel stuck while everyone else is living it up.  And you can’t get out very easily either.  Sure you can pay your way out (like bail), but if you are broke you have to roll doubles.  It’s not easy really, so there you sit, doing hard time in a board game.

That is unless you have a “get out of jail free” card.  Those are the best! I mean, who wouldn’t want to get out of jail for free?  There are no repercussions either, no consequences.  You don’t have to be on probation.  You don’t have to prove you are innocent.  You don’t have to wear an ankle monitor.  You are just free.  There’s nothing like slapping down that card that says, “oh ya, take that jail.”

The scriptures say that the whole world landed on the virtual jail spot.  I guess we were born in jail = bummer.  It’s the jail of sin.  But apparently God has an infinite supply of “get of jail free” cards.  Paul writes that the way to get one of these cards is by faith in Jesus Christ.  He is the way out of the prison of sin.  Jesus is the ultimate “get out of jail free” card. He wants us to be free – and all so that was promised could be given to us.  But getting out of this jail isn’t for the purpose of buying more stuff and putting hotels on it.  It is to receive a different kind of promise.

Verse 14 tells us what the promise is all about.  It says that we have been sprung from jail (redeemed) so that the blessing, through faith in Christ, would be received by us.  That blessing, the promise, is the Holy Spirit.  Jesus came and broke us out of jail and He made it free for us.  When we get out, we are really free.  We don’t have probation or an ankle monitor.  We don’t have to prove we are free.  We just get to be free.  But let’s not forget the purpose behind the jailbreak.  God wants us to have the very thing that empowers us to remain free: the Holy Spirit.  Receive Him today.  Live in Him and abide in Him today.  You will find freedom that you never knew existed as His power comes upon you in your life.  Now that’s a good deal.

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