Recently inmates were still locked up after they should have been released. The prosecutors had dropped the cases against them - but word did not get to the jail officials. So the prisoners remained in jail.
God the Almighty Judge has dropped the case against us. Not for lack of evidence. Daily our sins testify against us, "for our backsliding is great; we have sinned against" the Lord (Jeremiah 14:7). But He cancelled His Law's condemnations that stood against us by nailing them to the Cross (Colossians 2:14). He forgave us all our sins when Jesus received the punishment we deserved.
How sad it would be if we remained prisoners to sin because Word did not get to us. What good would the Christ's death be to you if there was no one to proclaim that He took your guilt? What good is our Lord shedding His blood if no one was sent to baptize you into that same blood for your cleansing?
Therefore, before He ascended into heaven, Jesus sent His Apostles with His gifts to the world (Acts 1:8, Matthew 28:19). He ordained them to tell all Christ's words, all His suffering, His death for all nations and His resurrection for all. "They went out and preached everywhere, and the Lord worked with them and confirmed His word by the signs that accompanied it" (Mark 16:20) so that you would encounter and receive the living and ascended Savior.
Though Christ ascended, He is still here, for He says, "Behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age" (Matthew 28:20). Jesus continues to come to us on Earth to proclaim our freedom from sin and the dungeons of Hell. Jesus is here as His Law comes down hard to crush our sin. He is here as His forgiveness resurrects us. And "Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw Him go" (Acts 1:11) to take us with Him body and soul, to enjoy the freedom resulting from our Savior's work - His work that He continues to do even now for you, in you and through you.
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