2 Kings 25:27-30 27 On the twenty-seventh day of the twelfth month of the thirty-seventh year of the exile of Judah’s King Jehoiachin, in the year Evil-merodach became king of Babylon, he pardoned King Jehoiachin of Judah and released him from prison. 28 He spoke kindly to him and set his throne over the thrones of the kings who were with him in Babylon. 29 So Jehoiachin changed his prison clothes, and he dined regularly in the presence of the king of Babylon for the rest of his life. 30 As for his allowance, a regular allowance was given to him by the king, a portion for each day, for the rest of his life.
King Jehoiachin’s life wasn’t going exactly how he had planned it. Not too long ago, he was basking in the glory of his anointing as the king of Judah. He was the boss, the guy in control. He called the shots and people followed his commands. But lately it hasn’t gone well. He found himself in prison, captured by the king of Babylon. He was nothing more than an ordinary prisoner, unable to live a real life. He was trapped, neglected, hurting, and hopeless.
Then it happened. What seemed to be completely out of the blue, the king of Babylon released him from prison. His sentence was pardoned and he was given a throne in this foreign land. It was a turn of events that would change his life. He no longer was kept in a cell under lock and key. Gone were the days of guards watching his every move. He was free! And he changed his prison clothes. Of course he changed out of his prison clothes – free people shouldn’t be wearing those.
You’ve been set free, too. Jesus paid the price and your sentence was pardoned. You are no longer under lock and key, but are free to live your life to the fullest in Him. Are you still wearing your prison clothes? Because it’s really hard to live free, when every time you look in the mirror, you see a prisoner. Change your clothes, people! Take off the old clothes of the past. Because people who are dressed like spiritual prisoners end up convincing themselves that they still are. You’re not! You are free! Clothe yourself in Christ Jesus today. Take on His identity and His righteousness today. Jehoiachin stopped dressing like a prisoner and so should you.