MERRY MONDAY BY PARRIS-
“What must I do to be saved!” Acts 16:30
People from around the world, from all races places and time, will always seek the path of salvation; it is the nature of man. It is the million dollar question which has been debated for centuries. People sneer “saved from what?” Gill answers; “thou shalt be saved; from sin, and all its miserable effects and consequences; from the curses of the law, from the power of Satan, from the evil of the world, from the wrath of God, hell and damnation.”
I love the Apostle Paul’s answer to the Jailer. He said, ‘Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved.’ He makes it short and sweet. He didn’t lay down a system of works, or self help theories. Paul says, ‘The Lord,’ that is the divine Name; ‘Jesus,’ that is the name of a Man; ‘Christ,’ that is the name of an office. (McClaren) You must grasp the whole revelation of His nature and His power and believe it to flow into your own life. To believe on the Lord Jesus Christ is to lean the whole weight of yourselves upon Him. Just open your heart to wholeness, eternity and freedom.
The jailer in the book of Acts just had an encounter with the supernatural and like the most of us, men bow low when they come in contact with God. The spiritual bars were open and Paul calls for the light. Gill goes onto to say, “his faith spied salvation in Christ and went to him for it. One day he was groping in darkness, worshipping idols, without hope in the future, and ready in desperation to plunge himself into darkness, when he thought his prisoners had fled. In an hour or two ‘he rejoiced, believing in God with all his house.’ The outcast jailer changed nationalities in a moment.” How our world can change in a moment!
Sometimes it takes an earthquake to bring a spiritual Krakatoa. No need to live in a jail cell groping in darkness, seeking answers to a life in misery. What a precious treasure to know that we can be saved by calling upon Jesus. Any person any moment anywhere can find Christ. Take out your binoculars and spy out the land; by faith call upon the one name that can save you and spend the rest of your life gazing upon an eternity of joy.
Isaiah 45:22 says, “Look unto Me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth“. A look is a swift act, but it is the beginning of a lifelong gaze.” McClarens