Acts 12:7 says, “Suddenly an angel of the Lord appeared and a light shone in the cell. He stuck Peter on the side and woke him up. “Quick, get up!” he said, and the chains fell off Peter’s wrists.”
The angel that appeared in Peter’s cell was one of God’s messengers; indeed, when the angel appeared, the supernatural natural world broke into our world.
King Herod “arrested James the brother of John and put him to death with the sword.” When the king saw that killing a follower of Jesus Christ pleased the Jews, he had Peter arrested and put in prison. There is a high probability that the same fate awaited Peter. And so, as Peter was in prison waiting for a pubic trail: “The church was earnestly praying to God for him”(Acts12: 2-5).
Present in this text is a witness; a witness to the power of God’s mercy and grace to deliver us from bad situations and circumstances. Also present in the text is the power that can manifest from sincere prayer.
The text says, “An angel of the Lord appeared and a light shone in the cell.” Often times the light represents God as we read through the Bible; however, here the light announces the presence of angels as messengers of God.
Paul, on his way to Damascus, is suddenly surrounded by a light “brighter than the sun,” and after falling to the ground, he heard the voice of Jesus speaking to him. In Luke 2:9 the shepherds are surrounded with the radiance of the angels, who announce that a Savior will be born; Christ the Lord.
Jesus was transfigured: “As he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became as bright as a flash of lightning” (Lk. 9:29). The face of Jesus Christ was transfigured by divine radiance, so that, his face became bright as the sun. The brightness, the light pointed beyond itself, to God.
Charles Wesley wrote, “I woke; the dungeon flamed with light. My chains fell off, my heart was free. I rose, went forth, and followed thee.”
Lord Jesus, you are the light of the world, you are the light that leads us out of darkness, you are the light that shines in our lives, you are the light that dwells among us, you are the light that we believe in with all our heart, mind, and soul. You are the light that will never cease to shine. Bless us Lord, Anoint us Lord, to walk in the light.
Lord, give us more freedom; as the only freedom we know comes from you. Freedom from pain, freedom from disease, freedom from depression, freedom from loneness, freedom from addiction, freedom from greed, freedom from lust and perversion, freedom from dying and death, freedom from grief and loss, freedom from the ways of this world. Bless you Lord for freedom. Bless you Lord for the light that comes down from heaven, the light that sets free all human beings who profess you as Lord. In Jesus name we pray. Amen