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Saturday, March 13, 2010

Who The Son Sets Free Is Free Indeed


"So if the Son sets you free, you are free indeed." John 8:36


The other day I was visiting and spending time in our local women's prison. Once a week, a fellow volunteer and I go and hold a Bible study with the ladies. We pray and then hand out song books. We always like to sing. Every week we ask the ladies to pick a song, and every week they pick a Song called "Jesus Signed My Pardon", I had never heard the song before I started going to the prison but the words are so meaningful and it has become the theme song of this group. I thought I'd like to share the word's with you:


Jesus Signed My Pardon

I was in sin's prison, oh, so dark and cold
Like a lost sheep wandering from God's eternal fold;
Then the door swung open, and He spoke to me
"I have signed your pardon, now you may go free."
Chorus: Jesus signed my pardon,
this I surely know
Took my place at Calvary,
now I won't have to go;
All my life I'll give to Him -
He gave His for me
When He signed my pardon there at Calvary.
Since the Savior led me from that awful place
I can hear the angels as they sing Amazing Grace;
I know I was pardoned from my sin and shame
When I joined them singing, "Glory to His name."
Chorus: Jesus signed my pardon,
this I surely know
Took my place at Calvary,
now I won't have to go;
All my life I'll give to Him -
He gave His for me
When He signed my pardon there at Calvary.
Life is now worth living since I've been set free
I'm so glad He was willing to save a wretch like me;
Now I have a mansion, not a prison wall
Jesus signed my pardon, Jesus paid it all.
Chorus: Jesus signed my pardon,
this I surely know
Took my place at Calvary,
now I won't have to go;
All my life I'll give to Him -
He gave His for me
When He signed my pardon there at Calvary.


We were all imprisoned, locked into a cell of sin before we accepted Jesus. He took our place at Calvary, and broke the hinges of the our cells door, setting us free at the asking. He has pardoned our sin and He has called us out to follow Him. It's our choice. Whether we are literally in prison or imprisoned by the storms of life, Jesus has already signed our pardon, We can step out of our cell of fear, shame, guilt, and sin and into His Glorious presence showered with amazing grace and peace. Our hearts have been set free and we can now freely live for Him, because He lives in us.

Have you truly accepted Jesus' pardon? Or are you still sitting in your cell? The cell door has been unlocked and swings on it's hinges. Are you ready to come out?...All my life I'll give to Him- He gave His for me, when He signed my pardon there at Calvary!

1 comment:

FCT said...

Very well said Mary. Too often we choose to remain in the very bondage from which Jesus died to set us free. Then, of course there are those who feel that they must somehow earn Gods grace and forgiveness by making salvation a system or an issue of human works. And then again, my heart grieves when I see those who take for granted the great price He paid for their freedom and that of the whole world. Those who live however they please, play footloose and fancy free with the word of God and treat others with no compassion. We must keep our priorities in order and our lives in Christ in proper perspective. That is why whenever I am tempted to think a little too highly of myself I like to remind myself of the lyrics of another song I am very fond of. It's called "Who Am I" by Casting Crowns and the lyrics that so touch my heart are these "Not because of who I am. But because of what you've done.
Not because of what I've done.
But because of who you are. I am a flower quickly fading, Here today and gone tomorrow. A wave tossed in the ocean, A vapor in the wind. Still you hear me when I'm calling, Lord you catch me when I'm falling, And you told me who I am. I am yours. I am yours." I am sure you are familiar with it. May the Lord bless you as you minister in prison.