I remember an incident back in high school that impacted my life forever. It was during lunch break and I was on the first floor of the building. From there one had a plunging view unto the school yard where most of the scholars were at the time. My lunch consisted of sandwiches and an orange; as I finished the bread I noticed that the orange was very soft a bit gooey. I thought not to eat the orange and discard it. But as I looked on the school yard I noticed one of the prefect standing in the shade of a tree. I thought to myself “I bet I can hit the guy with the orange from up here and get away before anyone notices.” In one swing I threw the orange and clobbered the prefect right smack on the head “Bulleyes” I I thought as I got away ducking.
But to my demise, two students sitting in a classroom saw what happened. They began blackmailing me and demanded 50c (lots of money back in the 60’s) each day to keep them from running to the head-master. This went on for a couple of days (you must know that at the age of 14 the head-master is this giant man dressed in a black toga dishing out punishment like no one business…terrifying).
One day I woke up and was running out of ideas to tell my parent why I needed 50c every day. So I decided ‘NO MORE’. That morning before class even began I went to the head-master and confessed. Well I did receive the rod but with every stroke I told myself, “I am free from my oppressors” and that overrode my pain.
We have a similar situation in the Bible:
John 8:34-36“I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. If the Son sets you free, you are free indeed.”
Jesus took my place on the Cross of Calvary and the punishment for my sins He bore on His shoulders so that the devil could not blackmail me.
Colossians 1:22“But now he (God) has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation.”
Isn’t that precious? The sins I committed have been paid up and I cannot be held for ransom. The devil cannot accuse me nor put any guilt on me; all I have to do is to own up to my sins, go to the Father and confess.Decide to make Jesus your Lord and Saviour today, confess and repent of your sins and the blood of Jesus will do the work it did on the Cross, set you free.Be blessed and be safe
In the service of the King, shalom