On a stifling hot August night, over 700 inmates and 50 community workers gathered in the auditorium of the Atlanta penitentiary.
Charles Colson, who had come to speak to the prisoners, looked over the restless crowd, half white, half black. "A lot of you men think of 'Christians' as those nice, white, middle-class people who go to church on Sunday and never get into trouble. And you say, 'No, that's not for me. I don't want any part of that. They can afford to be nice. They don't know what it is to be hungry. They don't know what it is to see their children starving. They don't know what it is to be in prison.' And you're right - most of them don't.
"Let me tell you a little about this Man Yah'shua the Messiah (Jesus Christ), because He did know about these things and He cared. He was Elohim (God) and He was man. And when He was nailed to that cross, He hurt. He hurt for every one of us.
"Let me tell you what He said in His very first sermon. 'The Spirit of Yahweh is on Me, because He has annointed Me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent Me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of Yahweh's favour'.
"And then, who did He assemble around Him? A dozen men who had no place in society. He and His twelve men began to preach and perform miracles that only Elohim (God) could perform. But the people rejected Yah'shua (Jesus). They wanted a ruler who would overthrow the Roman oppression.
"But Yah'shua (Jesus) said, 'No, I am proclaiming a different kind of kingdom - the Kingdom of Elohim (God) being built on this earth. And because Elohim's (God's) values are not man's values, I come for the poor, the sick, the hungry, the homeless, the imprisoned.' He is the one who comes to help the downtrodden and the oppressed - to set you free!"
The impact of Colson's words was remarkable. That night many men found freedom in Yah'shua the Messiah (Jesus Christ). One man with a tough, unshaven face said, "You probably won't understand this, but tonight was what my life has been leading up to. All 39 years were nothing; just tonight matters."
Today you can be set free -- no matter where you are. Yah'shua the Messiah (Jesus Christ) has already suffered the full punishment for your sin. Now Yahweh offers you a full pardon if you will...
1. Admit that you have a spiritual need. You must agree with Yahweh that you are a sinner. As it says in Romans 3:23, All have sinned and fall short of the glory of Elohim (God)".
You can receive Yahweh's pardon by praying something like this: "Father, thank you that You loved me so much that You sent Your Son to die for me. I know that without Him I would be separated from Your love forever. I invite Him into my life as my Saviour and my Master."
2. Repent of your sin. be willing to turn from your sin. Yah'shua (Jesus) said in Mark 1:15, "Repent and believe the good news!".
3. Believe that Yah'shua (Jesus) died for you on the cross. "Elohim (God) demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Messiah (Christ) died for us" (Romans 5:8).
4. Receive Him as your Saviour: "If you confess with your mouth, 'Yah'shua (Jesus) is Master (Lord),' and believe in your heart that Elohim (God) raised Him from the dead, you will be saved" (Romans 10:9).
Reprinted with thanks from a pamphlet called "Set Free!" (6G31) published by Good News Publishers, 9825 W. Roosevelt Road, Westchester, IL 60153, USA.