Disappearing Act

At daylight, there was a great commotion among the soldiers as to what could have become of Peter. After Herod had searched and did not find him, he interrogated the guards and ordered their execution. Then Herod went down from Judea to Caesarea and stayed there. Acts 12:18-19 HCSB

David Copperfield is a world famous illusionist. His illusions have included the disappearance of a seven-ton Learjet, the vanishing and reappearance of the Statue of Liberty, levitating over the Grand Canyon, walking through the Great Wall of China, escaping from Alcatraz prison, the disappearance of a 70-ton Orient Express dining car, and flying on stage for several minutes.

God pulled off one of the greatest disappearing acts when He orchestrated Peter’s release from prison. Evidently, Peter walked out of the prison with the angel without any of the guards even seeing him leave. You can imagine the commotion the next morning when the guards discovered that Peter was gone. He had been chained to the floor and guarded by 16 guards. It would be seemingly impossible for him to escape. Note that even King Herod searched for Peter. It was customary that if a guard allowed a prisoner to escape that he would suffer the same penalty the escapee would have faced. Therefore, Herod ordered the execution of the guards.

Challenge: The God who created the universe and every living creature in it is capable of doing anything. What David Copperfield does is a trick or an illusion. He makes you think you are seeing something that in reality is not true. Peter’s disappearance was not an illusion. Because God is capable of anything, you can trust Him with your life and your future.

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