It was a late day at her office in Moncton, New Brunswick. Finally,Â Jackie put on her suede jacket and headed to the parking lot toÂ go home. But she never arrived home that night. Nor did sheÂ show up the next day. Jackie disappeared.
The family notified the police. TheÂ search began. The various scenariosÂ were considered and the possibilitiesÂ were examined. What happened toÂ Jackie? The hours turned to days andÂ the days turned to weeks.
The family posted a $25,000 rewardÂ for any information that might helpÂ them to find her. Posters were placedÂ everywhere. A vigil was held andÂ flyer drops were made. The storyÂ was constantly in the local news andÂ frequently on the national news.
A surveillance video, showing JackieÂ exiting her place of work, was postedÂ on YouTube. Within a day or two, itÂ attracted over 25,000 hits.
The family tried to remain hopefulÂ but it had been almost a month sinceÂ Jackie disappeared. She had left noÂ note and given no plausible explanationÂ to calm their anxieties or to comfortÂ them.
Almost one month later, a frightenedÂ woman ran out of the driveway of aÂ boarding house in Moncton, wearingÂ a t-shirt and shorts. Frantically, sheÂ waved down a delivery truck. MomentsÂ later, the startled driver sped away withÂ the woman in the truck.
Jackie was returned to her familyÂ that evening. Can you imagine whatÂ it must have been like for her to beÂ abducted by an older man, taken toÂ the basement of his boarding houseÂ and to be physically confined forÂ almost a month? Can you imagine theÂ excitement, the thrill, the happinessÂ and the relief of escaping captivity andÂ finding freedom and safety?
Spiritually there is a more sinisterÂ captivity going on every day. TheÂ Bible says that people are heldÂ captive by the cords and shackles ofÂ their own sins. Sin is monster-like inÂ its grip and debilitating in its effect.Â â€œHis own iniquities entrap the wicked man,Â and he is caught in the cords of his sinâ€Â (Proverbs 5:22).
Sin is a tyrant in our lives. TheÂ Bible uses metaphors such as slaveryÂ and bondage to convey the awfulnessÂ of sin in the human family. Sin oftenÂ offers short term pleasures to ensnareÂ a person into a lifetime of bitterÂ bondage. Ultimately, it brings aboutÂ death and eternal destruction unlessÂ freedom can be found.
In the Bible frequent references areÂ made to the reality of sin in our lives.Â Every person (not just a few bad ones)Â needs to be freed from the dominatingÂ tyranny of sin (Romans 3:23, RomansÂ 6:23). Sin is cruel because if it has itsÂ way, it will land you in Hell.
The good news is there is freedom!Â You can escape the bondage of sin.Â You can escape the ultimate end ofÂ sin – eternal death. You cannot buyÂ or earn your freedom. If you are everÂ going to be freed from that bondage -Â you will have to accept Godâ€™s gift.
Two thousand years ago, ChristÂ died for your sins upon the cross. HeÂ was raised from the dead and He hasÂ both the power and the authority to setÂ you free today. He wants to. Will youÂ turn to Him for freedom and liberty?Â Receive Christ as your Saviour.
â€œTherefore if the Son makes you free, youÂ shall be free indeedâ€ ( John 8:36).
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