How did he do that? Acts 5:21b-25
21 At daybreak they entered the temple courts, as they had been told, and began to teach the people. When the high priest and his associates arrived, they called together the Sanhedrin – the full assembly of the elders of Israel – and sent to the jail for the apostles. 22 But on arriving at the jail, the officers did not find them there. So they went back and reported, 23 ‘We found the jail securely locked, with the guards standing at the doors; but when we opened them, we found no one inside.’ 24 On hearing this report, the captain of the temple guard and the chief priests were at a loss, wondering what this might lead to. 25 Then someone came and said, ‘Look! The men you put in jail are standing in the temple courts teaching the people.’ NIV.UK.
I knew a man who was fascinated by magicians. When he saw a trick performed on television, he would often turn to others in the same room and ask, with a look of sheer baffled amazement, ‘How did he do that?’ There are times when things happen that shouldn’t happen, and if the cause were to be investigated, honesty would compel a person to say that God is the best explanation. This occurrence in our reading today was no magic trick or conjuring act. It was a miracle.
The apostles had been put in prison. The doors were securely locked. There were guards outside. They shouldn’t have been able to escape, but they did. In fact, it wasn’t a conventional escape. They didn’t dig a tunnel. They had no plans to go over the wall. An angel was sent to spring them out of jail and they were commanded to be elsewhere (19, 20). I’m not saying they didn’t want to be free, but it seems they had no choice. They were brought out and given orders.
God regularly shows the powerful that they are not so strong as they thought, and demonstrates to the weak that they are mighty in Him.
If you are facing locked doors, and soldiers standing guard; if you’re up against a situation which seems impregnable, remember that ‘God specialises in things thought impossible. He can do just what no other can do.’
PRAYER: Lord God, I feel trapped in this ‘cell’. I confess that I see no way out – not naturally speaking. But your Word encourages me to believe that you can make a way where there is no way. So I wait for you in faith and hope.