Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Suddenly an angel of the Lord appeared and a light shone in the cell. He struck Peter on the side and woke him up. "Quick, get up!" he said, and the chains fell of Peter's wrists.
Peter is up to his neck in hot water. On Herod's orders, he was arrested for preaching the good news and now sits in prison, chained and heavily guarded. Tomorrow, he will be paraded before the people by Herod, just as Pilate did with Jesus before the Lord was sentenced to death. The church, meanwhile, is praying fervently for Peter's release, but such a reprieve seems bleak at best. The disciple that Jesus declared would be the rock upon which the church was founded lies on harsh, unrelenting stone and, overwhelmed with grief, sleeps, just as he did in Gethsemanes' Garden the night of Jesus' betrayal. What now, after all, could possibly save him?
Cue the theme from Mission Impossible! It's Action Angel to the rescue! Slugging the slumbering Peter and barking orders like a drill sergeant, the angel dislodges him from the chains and proceeds to guide him invisibly and hastily past the guards and soldiers until they reach a point of safety. Then, without another word, the angel disappears. Peter, dazed and confused, suspected until the moment of the angel's departure that this was only a vision; now he confesses that it was, indeed, a miraculous act of the Lord.
Where in your life are you felling imprisoned, chained, or hopeless today? I pray you are not, but if you are, take heart! Call upon the Lord to set you free; no mission is impossible for Him!
Psalms 26, 28 or 36, 39
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