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The question on the cover of this tract is worth repeating: Do you want to be set free? I am not talking about your release from jail or prison. You have been tried and found guilty in a court of law so justice must run its course. I am talking about being set free from the bondage of sin which has not only put you behind bars, but will also put you on the judgment stand before God after you die, “as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment.” (Hebrews 9:27) I am writing this tract to you with the hope that you have answered “yes” to the question above. I realize that there are going to be some who could care less about heaven, hell, or Jesus Christ. If you are one of those people, I am frightened for your soul, for “It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.” (Hebrews 10:31) You may reject Jesus on this earth and in so doing enter eternity as a condemned sinner sentenced to hell; you have that option. But why choose that? I encourage you to seriously consider this next point: hell is not for a lifetime; it is forever! There is no release date or early parole for good behavior. Incarceration in hell’s prison is a place of everlasting fire where Jesus says, “their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.” (Mark 9:44) There are no social activities to participate in; no voices to comfort you or someone to tell your problems to; no letters, phone calls, or visitors. It is a place of complete darkness, isolation, and torment (read Jude 1:13 and Revelation 14:11) For the soul who rejects Jesus and refuses to receive Him as their one and only Savior, I can go no further than to give you His words: “ye shall die in your sins.” (John 8:24) “And the LORD said unto Moses, Whosoever hath sinned against Me, him will I blot out of My book. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.” (Exodus 32:33, Revelation 20:15) However, for the sinner who seeks the way of escape from this eternal death chamber, who seeks the open door that leads to deliverance, to you I preach Jesus Christ crucified and risen from the dead!
Jesus said, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because He hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; He hath sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives…” (Luke 4:18) You may feel as King David did when he wrote these words during a very troublesome time in his life: “I looked on my right hand, and beheld, but there was no man that would know me: refuge failed me; no man cared for my soul.” (Psalm 142:4) If this is how you feel, do not lose hope for the Son of God does care for your soul. How could anyone dare say He doesn’t when He laid down His life for you! Through Jesus’ death and resurrection there is healing waiting in the wings for you and hope for a new life. “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” (2 Corinthians 5:17) The devil may whisper in your ear to try and convince you that you are too great a sinner to ever be loved by Jesus, but that is a lie. For “God commendeth [shows] His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” (Romans 5:8, John 15:13) All your sins have been put on Christ, for “the LORD hath laid on Him the iniquity [sins] of us all.” (Isaiah 53:6) It is through this transference of sins onto Jesus that God can offer you a pardon from judgment: “but Thou art a God ready to pardon, gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness.” (Nehemiah 9:17) The sword of God’s justice pierced the hands and feet of Christ as the sinless Son of God died the death of a criminal in your place. Yet death could never hold Jesus as a prisoner. When He rose from the dead He broke free and conquered sin and death. Therefore, anyone who seeks to be set free from the damnation of hell, and instead seeks to live in the glories of heaven, will be loosed from sin’s penalty and granted the gift of eternal life. You may be physically locked up but your soul is free to receive Jesus. Just as you made a choice to commit a sinful act which put you behind bars, so you can also make a choice to turn from your sinful ways and call on Christ for salvation. Jesus says, “I am the door: by Me if any man enter in, he shall be saved.” (John 10:9) Your cell door may be shut but the door of salvation is open wide. For Jesus came “to bring out the prisoners from the prison, and them that sit in darkness out of the prison house.” (Isaiah 42:7) Will you follow Jesus out of the prison house of sin and condemnation and trust in Him as your Savior? For “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus.” (Romans 8:1) If you have chosen to turn from sin and call on Christ we rejoice with you for you have been set free! We encourage you to keep a strong testimony for our Lord and to pray daily. If possible, get a Bible and read it daily as well. God Bless you!