Believe in the Lord Jesus

“Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” they said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.” Acts 16:25-34

It doesn’t get any easier than that, does it? This Roman jailer was responsible for keeping guard of the prisoners, Paul and Silas. Although they were being persecuted against for their belief in the Son of God, Paul and Silas were found praising God. Then, a great earthquake caused all of the prison cells and prisoners chains to break – releasing all of the prisoners.

The guard knew his life was in danger because the prisoners had escaped under his watch – he didn’t want to face the judgement of men for his mistakes. However, Paul cries out to him to stop because all of the prisoners are still there. In a moment of true fear of life, the guard asks Paul and Silas what he must do to be saved. He had just witnessed a powerful act beyond his understanding and a new perspective on life hit hard. I believe that the guard knew that this was an act of judgement against the persecution of the followers of God. He was afraid and wanted to repent.

The answer from Paul and Silas was as simple as it remains today, believe in the Lord and you will be saved.

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