After they had been severely flogged, they were thrown into prison, and the jailer was commanded to guard them carefully. When he received these orders, he put them in the inner cell and fastened their feet in the stocks. About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everyone’s chains came loose.
Imagine a church that fully believes this, lives this, and now no longer wastes energy on trying to justify themselves—but because of the grace of Jesus, now they use all that energy to build the lives of others, love others and build His church.
Our God is amazing because He did it all for us. It’s so interesting because in Acts 16 the jailer asks the question, “What must I do to be saved?” It’s an interesting question and an important one. Once we realize we need saving and we need help in life, our approach is similar to this jailer: we approach God as if we must do something to save ourselves.
But there is no “I DO” in grace. There is only “He HAS DONE!”
So Paul’s and Silas’s response is beautiful because there is only one thing we must do, that is to believe. To believe is to trust—and to trust is to say to God, “I can’t save myself; only You can do that.” When you trust, you entrust your life into His hands. You are saying, “I’m no longer my savior, I’m no longer my own king.” You are recognizing that when we are king of ourselves, the rule and reign of our kingdom—our lives—is not what it should be.
But rather believing that JESUS SAVES is now us trusting in the King that can truly save and help, and give us new life. “Jesus Saves,” for me, sums up in two words what every human heart is desiring to hear. It’s the news we have all been hoping for. And now we know it’s true and our trust is therefore in Him, because Jesus saves.