A few years ago I received a whole box full of Christian DVD’s in the mail. I can’t remember why I received them, but it must have been some kind of prize or giveaway, or some such. In that box was,”The Miracle of Hope”. Once I watched it, my wish was that everyone could see it. I’ve watched my copy at least 10 times.
This movie is actually a recording of a concert that The Brooklyn Tabernacle Singers performed at the Louisiana State Penitentiary, better known as “Angola”. It is a maximum security prison, where most of the inmates are serving life sentences.
Aside from the stirring musical selections performed by the choir, what touched me most was the testimonies shared by inmates with life sentences who became Christians after being sent to prison. These are the testimonies of murders whose lives have been radically transformed by faith in Christ and belief in the hope of salvation. Hope that transcends their incarceration and their life sentences.
They’ve been stripped of every freedom we enjoy, and rightfully so,
but the one thing they have that can not be taken away is Christ.
And with Christ these men have is assurance.
They have assurance that prison is not their final home.
Like the thief on the cross next to Jesus, they have nothing to offer him. They’ve done nothing to merit his favor or forgiveness. But like that thief on the cross, Jesus offers these prisoners the assurance that they can be forgiven for their crimes and though they’ll be punished with a death sentence or a life sentence in prison, what they will receive from him is a NEW life sentence.
Their sins will be as far removed from them as the east is from the west.
If you can’t purchase this video, (though I’d strongly encourage it),
I hope you’ll take a few minutes to watch clips of it HERE
My favorite song on the video is called, “This is How it Feels to be Free”.
You can watch this song performed in its entirety at this link:
Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir – This Is How It Feels To Be Free
In Him who gives us the Blessed Assurance of forgiveness,