by Wally Fry
Sunday, March 24
Seeking God a Key to Ending Captivity
“And I will be found of you, saith the LORD: and I will turn away your captivity, and I will gather you from all the nations, and from all the places whither I have driven you, saith the LORD; and I will bring you again into the place whence I caused you to be carried away captive,” Jeremiah 29:14.
We have to be a bit careful with this passage, as it was a specific prophecy, addressed to a specific people, at a specific time. That does not mean, however, that an application cannot be made for us today. In fact, when discussing the Jews, a really great correlation can be made. One of the reasons God chose the Jews was to provide the conduit and lineage for the Messiah who would come to offer salvation for the whole world. Jesus, the Jewish Messiah, came to set the world free from its captivity.
Like many of those who would one day return from the Babylonian captivity, we are all born today in captivity ourselves. We are not, however, being held captive by a conquering army; we are captive to our sin. We come into this world already held prisoner and condemned by the sin natures we inherited from Adam because of his sin in the Garden of Eden. If we are not freed from this prison, someday we will spend eternity held by it forever and separated from God in a place we call hell.
In the old covenant, God offered release to His people if they would only seek Him and turn to Him. This was God’s plan, and He was willing to put it into action. Nothing has changed; God still offers release from captivity through the finished work of His Son—Jesus Christ.
JUST A THOUGHT: We are all prisoners held captive by our sin. Jesus is the way to freedom, but we have to agree and accept His way.