Vindication

In their execution, Andrew and Mayuran stood with Paul, who was the ‘chief of sinners’ — formerly killing Christians, condemned by the law he confessed — latterly converted, imprisoned, and even as he was in chains, preached the Gospel. I praise God that in his sovereignty, the eternal mercies of Christ were preached to prisoners in Kerobokan prison through these men. I praise God for his divine purposes even in injustice and tragic circumstances, to bring hope to the hopeless and redemption to the condemned. Andrew and Mayuran have received true freedom. Through these events, God has made known to Australia the everlasting freedom of grace through faith, available to all through our Lord Jesus. We, in our sorrow, have much to rejoice in.

“Yes, and I will continue to rejoice, for I know that through your prayers and God’s provision of the Spirit of Jesus Christ what has happened to me will turn out for my vindication. I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. If I am to go on living in the body, this will mean fruitful labor for me. Yet what shall I choose? I do not know! I am torn between the two: I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far..”

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