IS THERE ANY ESCAPE?

    She couldn’t take another year in prison. She couldn’t even think about it. It had become so loathsome that it was almost preferable to die than to waste away any longer behind those walls. So her appeal began, not to the Governor, nor to the warden, but to the prison undertaker. The undertaker was responsible for all inmates that died. He placed them in coffins  and took them out for burial. After some time, she was finally able to persuade him to help her escape. The plan was simple. The next time someone died, he would allow her to get into the coffin with the dead body. He would then nail the lid shut, take it out to the graveyard, bury it, and return under the cover of darkness to open it and free her. There would be enough oxygen in the coffin for that amount of time.

    Eventually the opportunity came. Someone died. According to plan, she sneaked into the darkened parlour and crawled into the coffin with the body. Shortly after that, the lid was nailed down. She felt the movement of the coffin as it was carried out to the waiting wagon. There was a rocking motion as it was pulled out of the prison yard. Finally, the wagon stopped in the beggars’ graveyard. She sensed the downward motion of the coffin as it was lowered into the hole dug for it. A swelling sense of victory filled her. The ploy was going to work. She heard the clunking noise of earth being shovelled onto the coffin, until at last she could hear no more. Being curious, she lit a match to see who had died. In the brief flare of light she saw who it was. It was the undertaker. She screamed. However, her scream was unheard by the world above her.

    This fictional story, first aired on Alfred Hitchcock Presents, unintentionally poses a question. In whom do you put your trust for salvation? Is it in a person, perhaps a religious teacher? If so, are you sure that he or she won’t end up in the coffin with you, a victim of death just as powerless as you? Perhaps you are hoping there isn’t anything beyond the grave or that your sin will have no consequences. To find out even one second after death that you were wrong will be too late.  At that point, protests and tears will not change a thing.

    The Bible recommends only one Saviour. We are told, “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12). There is no other name, blood or merit other than that of the Lord Jesus Christ. Every other person and every other thing will fail. He, and he alone is able to forgive your sin and  save you from a lost eternity. 

                Are you seeking freedom? The Lord said  "If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed." (John 8:36). If only you turn form your sin and seek the Lord he will set you free.