27 In the thirty-seventh year of the exile of Jehoiachin king of Judah, in the year Evil-Merodach became king of Babylon, he released Jehoiachin from prison on the twenty-seventh day of the twelfth month. 28 He spoke kindly to him and gave him a seat of honor higher than those of the other kings who were with him in Babylon. 29 So Jehoiachin put aside his prison clothes and for the rest of his life ate regularly at the king's table. 30 Day by day the king gave Jehoiachin a regular allowance as long as he lived.
Evil-Merodach became King of Babylon, and he showed amazing grace toward Johoiachin, former King of Judah.
1. He brought Jehoiachin out of prison, where he had been for 37 years. Jehoiachin had been in exile and in prison because of his sin and Israel's sin.
2. He gave Jehoiachin a position in his kingdom.
3. He gave Jehoiachin new clothes in exchange for his prison clothes.
4. He invited Jehoiachin regularly to the to eat at the King's table.
5. He gave Jehoiachin a regular allowance.
Jehoiachin had a choice. He could have stayed in prison. He could have chosen:
Darkness over light
Chains over freedom
Filthy prison rags over new clothes
Prison gruel over the king's feast
Poverty over abundance
But, you ask, who would make such a choice? Unfortunately, millions of people make that choice every day when they reject the amazing grace of Jesus Christ
1. Jesus set us free from the bondage of sin by dying on the cross for us. We are set free when we repent and believe in Him.
"For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death."
2. He gives us positions in His Kingdom.
He made us children of God; joint heirs with Christ
3. He gives us new clothes (robes of righteousness).
4. He invites us to come to the Lord's Table and dine with him.
5. He gives us everything we will ever need.
"He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things?"
What a tragedy. Millions of people choose:
Spiritual darkness over the light of Christ
The bondage of sin over the freedom of forgiveness
Our filthy rags over robes of righteousness
Our spiritual poverty over the Abundant Life of Jesus Christ
Ernest Hemingway mocked God and rejected Him - "Our Nada who art in Nada"
He ended in such despair that he put a bullet through his brain.
You don't have to follow that path. Choose to follow Christ
"Enter by the narrow gate; for the gate is wide, and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and many are those who enter by it. For the gate is small, and the way is narrow that leads to life, and few are those who find it."
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