Archeologists working in Jerusalem think they might have excavated the site of Jesus’ trial (Mark 15). Fifteen years ago, a team began digging through the layers of an abandoned building near the Tower of David. They believe they have uncovered the foundations of Herod’s Palace, a probable site for Jesus’ famous audience with Pontius Pilate. If the archaeologists are right, it’s here that Jesus was led early in the morning, bound in the ancient equivalent of handcuffs. It’s here that He was accused and interrogated. It’s here that He was whipped, mocked, and handed over to His executioners.
In order to set us free from sin, Jesus became a prisoner. He experienced the humiliation and physical pain of one condemned to die. Most incredibly of all, He chose to endure this, knowing in advance what it would cost Him. He exchanged His life for ours, so we could walk free.
The message that Jesus became a prisoner for our sake rings with special significance behind prison walls. Imagine facing a long sentence, only to hear that an innocent person had volunteered to take the punishment in your place, and you would be released immediately! When Prison Fellowship brings this message of redemption from sin to incarcerated men and women, they sit up and pay attention. They are hungry to receive the love and forgiveness of Christ.
Year after year, friends like you make it possible to keep sharing the Gospel behind prison walls with your prayers, time, and resources. And year after year, lives are changing for all eternity!