As Jesus was on the cross, He wasn’t just fighting for those who were coming; He was actually fighting for the hearts of those pounding the nails into His hands. I think it’s so easy to focus on the victim of the crime and not the one committing the crime, but the Lord loves each of them individually and equally.
In the interview excerpted above, Matt Gilman explains the heart behind his song “Every Captive Free.” Although the song was written about human trafficking, that quote accurately describes the heart behind Christians United for Jahar. Yes, God cares about the victims of the Boston bombing, but He also cares about Jahar and He is fighting for Jahar’s heart.
The words of “Every Captive Free” are my prayer for Jahar. While he is physically held captive, even more so he is spiritually held captive by Satan and by his sins. But through the cross, Jesus can break those chains that bind his heart, that he may be free to become a child of God, completely forgiven. Lord Jesus, be his deliverer.