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Jailhouse Rock

In November of 1957 the movie Jailhouse Rock was released. In addition to Elvis Presley, the film cast a young Dean Jones as a radio disc jockey. (Dean Jones was the guest star in our Christmas presentation a few years ago at Idlewild Baptist Church.) Leading Lady Judy Tyler was killed in a car wreck just three days after the filming was completed. That is a sobering thought about the uncertainty of life.

Jailhouse Rock is a story of a man (Elvis) who has a change of character. While he is in jail for manslaughter, he performs in the prison show. Elvis decides to make a career of music after his release, but success goes to his head. Through bad decisions and circumstances, he learns about relationships and what is really important.

This is not a movie review of Jailhouse Rock, but a story of the original “Jailhouse Rock”. Paul did some of his best work while he was in prison. Though he previously was responsible for the death of many Christians, he committed no crime until he began to preach the gospel. The strength Paul experienced while he was in jail came from Jesus Christ, the “Rock”. The Lord was Paul’s jailhouse Rock.

Isaiah 26:4

Trust in the LORD forever, for the LORD, the LORD, is the Rock eternal.

God doesn’t protect His servants from trouble, but it is His character to preserve them through trouble. Sufferings or troubles are not always the chastening of God or the result of sin or bad decisions. Look at the attitude of Paul while he writes to Timothy while he is in jail for preaching the gospel. He wanted his jail time to encourage others to believe on Jesus, and he wanted those who already believe, to be inspired by his trials.

2 Timothy 2:8-10

Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead, descended from David. This is my gospel, for which I am suffering even to the point of being chained like a criminal. But God’s word is not chained. Therefore I endure everything for the sake of the elect, that they too may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus, with eternal glory.

Paul wrote that even though he was in chains, God’s word is not chained. Even though he was in chains, Paul’s tongue was not chained either. He led the jailhouse guards to Christ every chance he got. Sometimes, I confess my tongue is in chains, and that I don’t speak up for Jesus Christ, as I should. Even though I am faithless, He is still faithful because that is His character.

Are you suffering from being chained by finances? Are you in chains because of a health issue? Are you in prison, hurting over relationship problems? These can all leave you feeling like you are locked in a jail. These will tend to make your tongue act as though it were also in chains when it comes to sharing Christ’s love. Do your circumstances need to change or does your character need to experience a change?

We miss out on many blessings because of our lack of faith, but I have discovered many times, when I do not believe–God is still faithful. He will not change His character based upon my own.

2 Timothy 2:13

if we are faithless, he will remain faithful, for he cannot disown himself.

The word of Rick Robinson depends upon my character. The word of you, dear reader, depends upon your character. The word of God then, depends upon the character of God. How many times are you guilty of not knowing the character of God? Not knowing the character of God will lead to uncertainty in your prayer life, fear to take action, abuse of your freedom in Christ, and a host of other failures. Your character may change, but the Lord’s character will remain faithful.

Hebrews 13:8

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.

You might do your best work while you are in that prison if you trust in the character of God instead of your own. The word of God is with you, but not in chains with you. Even when your character fails to shine in your circumstances, the character of God is to bring peace, and grace to sustain us when we trust Him. Is Jesus Christ your jailhouse Rock?

Psalm 18:2

The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge. He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.

Deuteronomy 32:4

He is the Rock, his works are perfect, and all his ways are just. A faithful God who does no wrong, upright and just is he.

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