“I, the Lord, have called you in righteousness; I will take hold of your hand. I will keep you and will make you to be a covenant for the people and a light for the Gentiles, to open eyes that are blind, to free captives from prison and to release from the dungeon those who sit in darkness”. (Isaiah 42:6, 7 NIV)
In the prophecy of the coming Messiah in Isaiah 42, God details the level of freedom His Chosen One will bring. He says that he will:
1. Open the eyes of the blind: You may be living in the world but sit in darkness still. You live your life in a familiar “safe” routine and are surrounded only by the people you know.
Christ can open blind eyes. In Christ, you will see for the first time and be able to live NEW lives beyond what you know and begin new relationships with people you didn’t know before.
2. Free captives from prison: He will open the prison doors, destroy the chains binding you and break the bars that have defined your past experience.
Jesus will give you freedom from the jail cell you have known as well as release you from the identity of what put you there. He took the shame of your past identity on the Cross so that you can walk in your new identity as the Beloved of God.
3. To release from the dungeon those who sit in darkness: this speaks of a special kind if torture and punishment. It is reserved for the lowest of the low and the worst of humanity.
And yet, Jesus will go there too. He will go into the dank, dark parts of your soul where the darkness is so deep it seems light could not pierce it. But God’s light can and God’s love can.
There is no such thing as a lost cause to God.
He will release you from the dungeons in your soul that keep you bound in areas you do not speak about.
But we are beings with free will. He will not force healing, freedom or release on anyone.
There are those who choose to reject his offer of help and refuse to leave the dungeon. They make dungeon comfortable and convince themselves that it is better than living “out there”, or “up there”.
Where are you today?
Are there areas in your life you are blind to?
Jesus, open my eyes.
Do you bear the shame of your past?
Jesus, set me free.
Are there deep dungeons that keep the unspoken secrets of your soul and keep parts of you captive in them?
Jesus, release me and flood my soul with your great light of love.
There is no such thing as a lost cause to God. You are not a lost cause. You are loved, chosen and delivered.