“Because the Lord has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives” (Isaiah 61:1)
Why did Father send Jesus Christ to the world? It is to proclaim liberty to the captives. There are worldly prisons. There is satan’s captivity of slavery too. You may be in whichever captivity but God is eager to redeem you from the captivity and release you from the bond of slavery.
Once when I went abroad, I saw a terrific prison. There was torture day and night in it. Traitors and conspirators were lodged in it. They were made to stand in the narrow space left between two walls. They cannot bend down and cannot lie down also. Hot sun will be in the daytime and extreme chillness in the night. Occasionally some food will fall down from the top. The prisoners pathetically stood there in the fear of death without brushing of teeth and bathing for months together.
Some others had been lodged in dark rooms where there was a shortage of air even to breathe. Lies, bugs and the blood sucking leeches would be tormenting them. We do not know on what sort of prison innocent Joseph had been put into. The Bible says “He sent a man before them—Joseph—who was sold as a slave. They hurt his feet with fetters, He was laid in irons” (Psalm 105:17, 18).
But one day God’s grace met Joseph. The king sent a man to set Joseph free. Ecclesiastes writes “For he comes out of prison to be king” (Ecclesiastes 4:14).
In the New Testament, John the Baptist was imprisoned and later was beheaded for the reason that he had pointed out the sins of Herod. Herod had captured Peter also for killing. But God sent His angel and set him free.
Paul and Silas were also put behind bars. But when they sang and worshiped the doors of the prison were opened and the chains were loosed. This gave way for many to get Salvation. John the apostle was imprisoned in his old age in the island of Patmos. You may be in whatever type of slavery; God will give you the visions of the heaven.
More than the jails of the world worse is the jail of sin. This is because one who commits sin becomes a slave to it. Paul the Apostle says “But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members (Romans 7:23).
To meditate: ” For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed with our habitation which is from heaven” (II Corinthians 5:2).