Did you happen to catch this story from news last week?
The Los Angeles Police Department posted on social media that one of its stations received a package containing a pair of handcuffs, $100 and an apology letter from a 74 year old man who stole them while watching a scuffle involving an LAPD officer at Bob’s Big Boy restaurant when he was a teenager.
He ended up with the officer’s handcuffs when they flew off and slid over to him.
He picked them up, took them home and kept them for more than 60 years.
The 74 year old said “I have felt a little guilty each time I saw the hand cuffs over the years, but did nothing about it.”
The figurative and literal imagery this story provides us is humorous and not, all at the same time. What seemed so small and innocent at the time actually handcuffed this gentleman to lifetime of guilt.
Jesus said this beautiful phrase that was recorded by John (8:36) “If the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” It’s a reminder that God has the keys to the handcuffs that have been tying you down and he can pardoned you form the guilt and shame that you may be feeling right now.
Try this prayer with me
Lord Jesus, for too long I’ve kept you out of my life. I know that I am a sinner and that I cannot save myself. No longer will I close the door when I hear you knocking. By faith I gratefully receive your gift of salvation. I am ready to trust you as my Lord and Savior. Thank you, Lord Jesus, for coming to earth. I believe you are the Son of God who died on the cross for my sins and rose from the dead on the third day. Thank you for bearing my sins and giving me the gift of eternal life. I believe your words are true. Come into my heart, Lord Jesus, and be my Savior. Amen.