Getting Out of Lockdown

The better news this week is that we seem to be coming out of lockdown soon.

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This can’t be 100% certain, for the virus has by no means disappeared. Many checks will have to be made for some time to come, and meantime we will all have to continue with reasonable and careful precautions in all our interactions with others wherever we are.

Lockdown” was a totally new thing for us all – so much restricted in our everyday life, “stay at home” instructions for everyone, business life and school life put on hold with huge social and financial implications. It will be good to get out of lockdown!

Before “lockdown” became such a well used word, we often heard about people being “locked-up”! – in a prison cell because of law-breaking, there until their sentence was served. For them too, it must have been great to “get out”. Liberty and freedom of movement are things to be valued and enjoyed, often taken for-granted, but then seriously missed when they disappear as we have found over these past weeks.

In our Bibles we read of many people who were glad to get out, or rather to be brought out. They couldn’t get out by themselves – God brought them out after dealing with what and who detained them. You can probably think of a few.

A classic example is God bringing the Israelites out of Egypt, delivering them from a life of slavery under the despotic Pharaoh. They were his unpaid work force, like so many African slaves in the plantations of the West Indies these years ago, something being spoken about a lot just now. Pharaoh was not at all willing to release his slaves, but God said about them, “I have heard their cry, I know their sorrows, and am come down to deliver them and bring them out ...” (Exodus 3.7-8). And of course He did. He broke the power of Pharaoh, they left the miseries of Egypt, crossed the Red Sea with its dangers, and eventually reached Canaan. God brought them out and then brought them into their “promised land”, although the long journey was not without its difficulties, dangers and disappointments.

All this matches what God did for us when we put our trust in the Lord Jesus Christ to save us. By His death on the cross He broke the power of sin and Satan and set us free. God brought us out from that dark kingdom of sin and is bringing us into the glory of heaven some day. As we read in Colossians 1.13-14: He has “delivered us from the power of darkness, and has translated us into the kingdom of His dear Son, in whom we have redemption through His blood, even the forgiveness of sins”.

Charles Wesley (1707-88) put it this way:

Long my imprisoned spirit lay

Fast bound in sin and nature’s night;

Thine eye diffused a quickening ray,

I woke, the dungeon flamed with light;

My chains fell off, my heart was free,

I rose, went forth, and followed Thee.

And William Sleeper (1819-1904) also described it well:

Out of my bondage, sorrow, and night,

Jesus, I come! Jesus, I come!

Into Thy freedom, gladness and light,

Jesus, I come to Thee!

Out of my sickness into Thy health,

Out of my want and into Thy wealth

Out of my sin and into Thyself,

Jesus, I come to Thee! 

Out of the fear and dread of the tomb,

Jesus, I come! Jesus, I come!

Into the joy and light of Thy home,

Jesus, I come to Thee!

Out of the depths of ruin untold,

Into the peace of Thy sheltering fold,

Ever Thy glorious face to behold,

 Jesus, I come to Thee!