We read that Christ (God) and then the man (Jesus) came from heaven to earth on a specific mission, to save sinners, not good people (there were none)! This is the Gospel! Here at the Macomb County Jail approximately 471 inmates gather, weekly, in classrooms throughout this twelve story building to hear the Gospel message of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. They gather to find hope and a way out of their current nightmare of a life. In the Bible Studies/Services I love to explain the above verse by asking a question: Are there any of you here today who are charged with the stoning, murdering and torturing of Christians? Have any of you, not only rejected the work of our Lord Jesus Christ, but literally done everything in your power to stamp out Christianity? If so, you might be thinking you have a legitimate claim to say that God couldn’t use someone like you. But, before you have that argument with yourself, remember that God not only used a man like this to preach the Gospel, He also used him to write 13 books of the Bible! Once Saul, but now the Apostle Paul, claimed to be the chief of sinners. However, inspired by the Holy Spirit, he uses this passage of Scripture to not only show God’s forever enduring mercy and longsuffering, but as an example for those who are going to believe on Him for everlasting life!
When an inmate comes to the realization that even the worst of sinners can be forgiven, redeemed and used by God, it imparts a new found hope that literally changes their whole way of thinking. They now understand there is no sinner beyond saving and all of us are sinners saved by grace.
Congratulations to Sean W. who celebrated one year in our aftercare program. Hats off to his mentor, Mel R. (one of the jail volunteers and part of the aftercare mentor program), who has encouraged him in Christ and helped him reintegrate back into society. Sean said Mel is someone he can confide in, receive Godly advice and someone who was available to him 24-7.
The mentor facet of the Gateway to Glory aftercare program is of the utmost importance, as it gives the men a sense of worth, knowing someone really cares about them. Many of the men, because of past choices, have burnt a lot of bridges and sometimes reconciliation with family looks pretty grim. This is when they really need someone to come alongside them and show the love of Jesus. Thanks to all you mentors. You’re making a world of difference!
Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy, 25 To God our Savior, who alone is wise, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and forever. Amen. Jude 1:24-25
Glory be to the One who paid it all for you and me!
Chaplains Steve and Robin