I meditate here on the words of Jesus: “that whoever believes in him shall . . . have eternal life.” (John 3:16)
I am among criminals. It is an understatement that men can become like animals. Animals are without sin. But the men surrounding me in jail reach depths of devilish darkness unreachable for animals.
It would be easier to live in a stable than among these criminals. Every word of theirs is filthy, every gesture repugnant. “Their throats are open graves. . . .
Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness.”
But against this background shines the extraordinary love of God. For it is true that whosoever believes—even men like these—can have eternal life. God sent me to prison to bring them this Good News.
A LETTER FROM A RUSSIAN CHRISTIAN PRISONER
(From a post dated today at the VOM persecution blog.