A clerk in Birmingham, England was placing a package on a shelf in a post office. As he was lifting it from a cart, it broke open and out fell what appeared to be a pair of “heavy-duty” handcuffs that were unlocked.
Jokingly, he said to an associate, “I dare you to try these on for size.”
“I’ll take the dare,” he said, put them on and locked them. After a few laughs, they went to the box to locate the key to unlock them. To their surprise, there was no key.
They hurried to the police station to get a key to release the lock. They inserted it properly, but when they turned the key, it broke. What was once comical now became serious. The broken key either had to be drilled from the cuffs or the thick, heavy handcuffs sawed apart.
But it was Sunday, and no one could be found to help them out of their predicament. Finally, they went to the police chief who said, “Well, this looks like a good time to teach you a lesson. You’ll have to go to Derby, explain your problem to the person who made the handcuffs and then come back, and we’ll remove them. You need to learn a lesson about playing with things that can harm you.”
What a picture of sin. At first, it promises to bring pleasure and enjoyment - a time of fun and laughter. Then, it takes one “captive,” and one is no longer free. But we know there is one who can free us: Christ our Savior. “The Lord sets prisoners free,” proclaimed the Psalmist.
Prayer: Help us, Lord, to accept the freedom that can be ours through Your Son. May we place our trust in You! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture For Today: The Lord sets prisoners free. Psalm 146:7c