I am certain that if Jesus were on the earth today, that He would be visiting prisoners regardless of their crimes. He would be there, to save the lost, heal the broken-hearted, and bind up all their wounds. Jesus was ridiculed for associating, and eating with sinners.

 Mark 2:17 …They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

 Jesus indeed forgave sinners, such as Peter, Matthew, Mary Magdelan and many more. They accepted Jesus and made amends for their sins. Once they were outcasts, but He called them brothers and sister. Jesus wants to heal, and provide forgiveness for all sinners. No matter how far someone has fallen, no one is beyond Christ’s love and redemption of sins.

 It isn’t enough to heal the body if you are still broken on the inside. Jesus wants to heal your body and all those wounds inside of you as well. All the hurt, disappointment, rejection, shame and guilt.

 I Corinthians 6:9-11 …Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.

 Some of us used to be those people. Others were murderers, addicts, liars etc. But, when you accept Jesus, you are cleansed. Washed, white as snow, by the blood of Jesus. All your sins are forgiven.

 Isaiah 1:18 Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow Though they be red like crimson, they shall be like wool.

 In the Bible, Jesus was always helping the weak, hopeless, lost causes, helpless, and outcasts. He looks at the way we treat them, as the way we also treat Him.

 Matthew 25:35-40 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me  drink, I was a stranger and you took me in, naked, and you clothed me, Sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me. Then shall the righteous answer him saying, Lord, when did we see thee hungry and feed you, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you? The King will reply, I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.

 The Lord wants us to always have brotherly love, Christian love. Everyone has the potential to receive Jesus’ forgiveness and salvation.

 Hebrew 13:3 Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them, and them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body.

Jesus wants to set all sinners free from their bondage of sin, rebellion, and bad choices. Sometimes He sets them free from their physical prison as well.

 Isaiah 61:1 The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek, he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound.

 Society looks at prison as a place of punishment. God looks at prisons as a mighty mission field to save souls for His Kingdom. He pursues prisoners with love. He has saved you from Satan, as Satan wanted to kill you. But God didn’t allow that. Instead you are here where you have been given another chance. So you see that God is not through with you yet. He wants you to have life and to have life abundantly.

 John 10:10 The thief cometh but for to steal, kill, and to destroy. I am come that they may have life, and have it more abundantly.

 Sometimes God brings rebellious people to the end of themselves, by allowing them to experience their own brokenness, and their own inability to make their lives work. He humbles them. This is what allows them to cry out to God for mercy. Once incarcerated some of you find that you have come to the end of yourself. Then you are able to consider Jesus’ love and forgiveness.

 As long as you still think your way is better than God’s way, that you can do it all on your own, He can’t help you. You have to yield to Him.

 From Sarah Young’s Jesus Lives-Brokenness Written with Jesus speaking to us.

 I am the high and exalted One whose Name is Holy. I know how prone to pride my people are, so I provide a variety of circumstances to humble them. Be on the lookout for what I am doing in your life and yield yourself to My ways. Your focus should not be on how humble you are but on how you can please Me in the present moment.

 Being contrite, repentant for your sins is another matter. You do need to examine yourself and become aware of your sins, so you can confess them to Me and enjoy the freedom of forgiveness. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you to see what is sinful. As you face your flaws, open your heart to My loving Presence. I am near to those who have a broken heart and a contrite repentant spirit. In this humility and repentance is a path of intimacy with Me. As you walk trustingly along this path with Me, My unfailing love surrounds you.

 1 Peter 5:6 Humble yourselves, therefore under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.

 Psalm 34:18 The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart, and saves such as have a contrite spirit.

 Isaiah 57:15 …I dwell on a high and holy place and also with the contrite and lowly of spirit in order to revive the spirit of the lowly and to revive the heart of the contrite.

 At the end of one service in 2014 a woman approached me. I recognized her from a previous time I was here. We had talked then also. I recognized a change in her. She was now much more of a humble and meek spirit. Gone were the outwardly loud traits, the aggressiveness she showed previously. She wanted to talk about church and how to fit in. She was humble.

 She had come to the end of herself. She had found Jesus in Tutwiler Prison. Praise God. She laid all her sins and her past down at His feet. She layed the drugs the addiction down, all the guilt, the hurt, rejection, anger and rebellion down. Because she knew she couldn’t walk out of this prison on her own and not end up right back in here. She asked for forgiveness and for the Lord to lead and guide her, to show her the way, for the rest of her life.

 If you were still in the streets you probably wouldn’t listen to anything I had to say about Jesus. But in prison you know your lives don’t work anymore. You have been given time to think about your actions, to look back on your lives and the lives of others you have affected. Your lives have been broken, but Jesus is the way to fix it.

 Psalm 107:10-16 Some sat in darkness and the deepest gloom, prisoners suffering in iron chains, for they had rebelled against the words of God and despised the counsel of the Most High. So he subjected them to bitter labor; they stumbled, and there was no one to help. Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress. He brought them out of darkness and the deepest gloom and broke away their chains. Let them give thanks to the LORD for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for men, for he breaks down gates of bronze and cuts through bars of iron.

 The Lord uses the most unlikely people, as His servants. He used Moses, who was a murderer, Paul, who murdered, and persecuted Christians, Matthew a greedy tax collector. He uses me, who wouldn’t follow Jesus until I was 58, with decades of sin against me. He will use you if you will surrender and yield to Him. Let Him have His way with you.

 There’s a song that says I give myself away so You can use me, withholding nothing. That’s how we should surrender ourselves to Jesus, withholding nothing. Give Him your heart, mind, soul, mouth, body, finances, etc.

 When you accept Jesus as Lord and Savior, you take off the old man, and put on the new. You have a new identity and you belong to Christ. You are God’s children. Thank goodness the Father sees the righteousness of Jesus when He looks at those of us that have accepted Him. There is nowhere else to lay our sins down but at Jesus feet. It is at His feet that we find His rest and peace.

 When we are at His feet, we are humbling ourselves. We realize how lowly we really are. To keep myself in check I sometimes remind myself that compared to Jesus I am as lowly as an ant, with many flaws. We should never think too highly of ourselves. The Bible tells you many times that God despises prideful arrogant people. Satan once an angel was prideful, thinking he could be God. Look what happened to him.

 This prison ministry has forced me to see what Satan is doing as he is going to and fro in the earth, walking up and down in it. Searching for those he may attack. It is eye opening to the depths of evil in this world. Satan is serious, and we’re his targets.

 I despise Satan for what he has done to us and our world. I often pray that God will help me fight against Satan, so he won’t get a victory. It starts with us fighting against Satan and then we can help others fight. The Holy Spirit lives inside us. He will help us. Ask Him to help you every day, all throughout the day.

 The Lord’s mercy has you in a place where you can hear about Jesus and eternal life. I pray you open your hearts and minds to Jesus. It is my job to bring you the teachings about Jesus. We have all failed and come short of the glory of God. If you are a Christian you have already laid your past, your sins and mistakes, down at His feet.

 If you haven’t accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior I want you to know that salvation is for anyone willing to accept and follow Jesus.  He will take you as you are. Just as you are right now.

 I can’t force Him on you. You must make that choice for yourself. Choose the life that only God can give you. He makes amazing things happen that can’t be explained. He makes a way where there seems to be no way.

 Stop sitting around thinking about what awful things you did. You can’t move forward like that. God isn’t surprised at what you did. He knows everything you did and will do today and tomorrow. He doesn’t want you living in the past. The Bible often tells us not to live in the past. Receive forgiveness and get on with it. Get on with living your life following in the footsteps of Jesus.

 This life on earth is only a part of it, a very small part. Eternity is a long time. Our earth years are only a few compared to eternity. There is so much more in heaven waiting for you. What we have here on earth is nothing compared to heaven. Eternity with Jesus awaits all of those who accept Him as their Savior.

 From Sarah Young’s Jesus Lives-Hope Written with Jesus speaking to us.

 I give you hope-hope that the best part of your life is not behind you. Rather, it stretches out before you gloriously, into an eternity of experiences that will get better and better. For now, you inhabit a world of death, sorrow, crying and pain. Let the hope of heaven empower you to live well in this broken world that is passing away. In heaven I will wipe away every tear from your eyes-permanently.

Let this hope give you courage to keep holding your head up high as you endure suffering and sorrow.

 The best part of your life lies ahead, stored up for you in heaven, awaiting your arrival. When you graduate to heaven, your joy will instantly expand. Blessed is the one who will eat at the feast in the kingdom of God.

 Revelation 21:4 And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes, there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.

 Accept Jesus and you can have hope in Him, on earth as well as eternal life in heaven with Jesus. Accept Him and He will be your Savior, Comforter, Helper, Teacher, Great Physician, Leader and Guide while you are on the earth. He will provide all of your needs He is Jehovah Jireh. You are going to spend eternity somewhere. He gives us a choice between good and evil. Choose good. Choose Jesus.

 God Bless. Heal the broken-hearted, bind up all their wounds.