As you may already know, I had the opportunity to go to Ghana, West Africa on a missions trip a few years ago. I will be going back very soon. As the date gets closer, I find myself doing a lot of reminiscing about my previous visit.
During my last trip to Ghana, I had the opportunity to visit Elmina Slave Castle. This castle, erected in 1482, became one of the most important stops on the route to the Atlantic Slave Trade. I could not begin to describe to you the atrocities that occurred in this building as described to us by our tour guide. I would, however, like to share this quick lesson with you.
Our guide told us there were three reasons why someone would become a slave.
1. Crimes you committed.
2. Debt that you could not pay.
3. You were born into it.
We fit all three conditions of slavery to sin.
- We have committed crimes. “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23
- We all have a debt that we cannot pay. “…without the shedding of blood, there can be no sacrifice for sin.” Hebrews 3:23
- We were all born into sin. “I was shapen in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me.” Psalm 51:5
I am thankful that we have an advocate!
- I have committed crimes. BUT! “Blotting out the handwriting of the ordinances that was against us… and took it our of the way, nailing it to His cross.” Col. 2:14
- I had a debt that I could not pay. BUT! “Ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold…but with the precious blood of Christ.” 1 Peter 1:18-19
- I was born into sin. BUT! I have been “born again of water and of Spirit.” John 3:5
No more shackles, no more chains….