“Still they stood there in disbelief, filled with joy and wonder. Then he asked them, ‘Do you have anything here to eat?’ They gave him a piece of broiled fish, and he ate it as they watched. Then he said, ‘When I was with you before, I told you that everything written about me in the law of Moses and the prophets and in the Psalms must be fulfilled.’ Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures. And he said, ‘Yes, it was written long ago that the Messiah would suffer and die and rise from the dead on the third day. It was also written that this message would be proclaimed in the authority of his name to all the nations, beginning in Jerusalem: ‘There is forgiveness of sins for all who repent.’ You are witnesses of all these things. ‘And now I will send the Holy Spirit, just as my Father promised. But stay here in the city until the Holy Spirit comes and fills you with power from heaven.’” Luke 24:41-48
The words “You are forgiven” are most powerful and liberating. Of course, if strewn about with insincerity, they are meaningless, but when sincere, they release the heart. When the Author of salvation makes it known we are forgiven, released within the soul are emotions unmeasurable, because from this experience comes life in its ultimate reality, the life which God intended for us to know.
This powerful experience, this genuine message, is the force still relevant, alive, and ready to be applied today to an open heart. The effects of this viable Good News is always available for the telling to fall upon the ears of those still imprisoned in soul, and swing wide prison doors.
A redeemed and grateful heart bows before You, Lord. Fill me with Your Spirit to declare Your forgiveness to the world’s captives. Amen.