Posted by: peebles | March 30, 2011

Acts 5:31 (NIV) ~ Prince and Saviour.

Your Prince of life is Jesus, the one who rescues you from the enemy’s ugly sisters of Sin and Oppression. When your Prince comes He will change everything for you, His Cinderella church bride. The Bible says in Isaiah 9:6 (KJV), “He shall be called ‘The Prince of Peace.’”

“Do you believe in fairy tales?” I once was asked, to which I replied, “I like to believe in happy endings. However, it can only happen when you make Jesus Christ your Lord and Saviour. Only then can you live with the hope of glory that’s not just a fairy tale, but a reality, where your Prince of life Jesus changes everything for you.”

The story of Cinderella was first written by a Neapolitan soldier in 1634 in a story book called “Pentamerone”. It had all the characters and bare bones of a story written later by Charles Perrault in 1697. It was not until 1812 that the Brothers Grimm who were German wrote “Children’s and Household Tales” in the book they entitled Ashenputtel, which translated in English means “Cinderella”. It was not until 1950 that Walt Disney brought the wonderful story to the big screen through the brilliance of animation.

The story of Cinderella encapsulates a story of hope, where a Prince comes to the rescue and changes everything for Cinderella, as she is set free from her way of life and lifted up from sin to forgiveness, from oppression to freedom, from poverty to riches, from the pits to a palace and from death to life.

Many people have been told about the amazing story of Cinderella, a very beautiful fairy tale, with a great ending. Imagine, if you will, that you are Cinderella covered in filthy rages, put down each day by the ugly sisters called Sin and Oppression. Every day, they constantly taunt you, by saying such things as, “You are never going to the ball. No one would ever want you, you’re no good, and you’re useless.” Every day they trample upon your dreams, and try, at every turn, to discourage you and put you down. Everyday Cinderella is faced with the ugly sisters, not knowing which way to turn, while living in absolute poverty of spirit, and yet, daring to dream that there must be something better than this.

Then, one day, Cinderella hears that the Prince will be attending the ball. Just when she feels that she wants to go the ugly sisters stop her by keeping her busy doing other things. They keep telling her that she is unworthy, but she desperately wants to go.

Eventually, Cinderella goes to the ball, but not for long. Even so, with just one glance the Prince, captures her heart. In just one look, he says, “I love you, you are safe, you are accepted.” He then goes and looks for her. The Bible says in Isaiah 62: 12 (NIV), “You will be called the sought out of the Lord”.

Your Prince and Saviour does not come with just one glass slipper, for just one person, but He comes with Salvation, which is “one size fits all”. John 3:16 (NIV) says, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, that whosoever believes in Him will shall not perish but eternal life.”

The Prince of Peace, Jesus, comes to you, to take away your filthy rags and gives you robes of pure white. He brings you freedom from sin and slavery. He bestows upon you his riches and blessings. He says to you, “You shall go to the ball, you will be my bride, Heaven is your home, where you will find great rejoicing, feasting, singing, and everlasting victory.”

You will never have to live with the feeling that you are no good, unworthy or rejected. The Bible says in Ephesians 1:6 (KJV), “You are accepted in the beloved.” He is the up lifter of your head.

The story of Cinderella was only a shadow of a hope; it was fiction, just a fairy tale, but in Christ Jesus you have the real thing, non-fiction because His truth is a living fact.

The Prince and Saviour, with one glance, has captured your heart. He has made all things new for you, and you can walk in victory, you can walk in true happiness, knowing that God is your ABBA Father who loves you. You can walk with your head held high; you can walk tall in him. In Christ Jesus, your Prince and Saviour, you can dream big dreams and see them come true, for the Bible says in Psalm 37:4 says (NIV), “Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.”

My friend, the church today is filled with Cinderella people, rescued from sin and oppression. In your Prince and Saviour Jesus Christ, you will find life, liberty and joy in the Holy Spirit. Jesus came to lift you up from sin to forgiveness, from oppression to freedom, from poverty to riches, from the pits to a palace and from death to life.

God bless you my friend, Matthew

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