John had been taken into custody. – Mark 1:14
We would do well ter get arrested and taken in ter custody: not fer breaking laws or doing something we ought not ter, but arrested by love fer Skipper and tha Sun.
Tha Sun came ter Galilee preaching that Skipper’s kingdom be right near, right next ter our hands. That be how close Skip’s kingdom be.
And ‘cause Skip’s kingdom be near ‘bout rafted right up next ter us, tha Sun calls us ter repent—which means ter run up tha white flag and surrender ter Skipper. Tha Sun calls us ter believe his words. Tha Sun calls us ter put our trust in his words and ter take hold of him.
We all be in custody ter some thing or some one. When we fall in love we “give in” ter our feelings fer that person and “surrender” a wee bit of ourself ter them.
We sign on fer work and “give up” some of our time, energies, enthusiasm and effort fer that vocation. All manner of folks and activities keep us in custody.
Ter much vile drink keep some folks locked up in addiction.
Ter many past mistakes keep some folks locked up in guilt.
Ter many harsh words keep some folks bound in shame.
Ter much fear keep some folks boarded up in thar homes ’cause they be afraid ter come out.
Ter much knowledge keep some folks from trusting in tha simple words of tha Sun.
Then along sails tha Sun calling us ter surrender ter him: let him take tha load off our shoulders.
Tha cousin of tha Sun had been taken in ter custody fer preaching Skipper’s Code of Conduct and calling all who would listen ter turn from thar wicked ways and prepare fer tha kingdom of Skipper ter arrive.
We would do well ter head John’s warning. Skip’s kingdom ‘as arrived. Came with tha Sun, it did. And all who run up tha white flag and surrender ter tha Sun now be in custody and under tha authority of him and Skipper.
Ever feller and lass be a prisoner ter some one or some thing. Toss yer lot in with tha Sun and ya kin be sure ya ‘ill be treated right in both this life and tha life ter come.