The gift of salvation we receive from God will always be more precious and wonderful than we can fathom. The jailer sees a supernatural act of God freeing Paul, Silas, and the others, and fears punishment for losing prisoners under his watch. This is because when a jailer lost prisoners under their watch during this time, they received severe punishment. So when all the prison doors are miraculously opened, the jailer is ready to kill himself, afraid that he will be executed for losing so many inmates under his charge. He decides to escort Paul and Silas out of prison after seeing the work of God, but is still desperate to be rescued from severe punishment.
Now it is Paul and Silas’ turn to escort the jailer to a freedom even greater than where he has first led them. They tell him about everlasting salvation through faith in Jesus Christ. The jailer’s desire to be saved physically is met and resolved with a spiritual answer. That day, the Lord Jesus Christ delivers the jailer not only from the danger of severe physical punishment, but also from the bondage of sin and death.
What were we seeking when we first came to Jesus? What did we expect from our Lord when we asked to be saved? Even now, can we fully understand His gift of grace upon us? No one can ever completely fathom the depth, height, and width of His love for us, or the magnitude of His salvation. But thanks be to God that what we can understand about Him is more than enough reason to live in thankfulness to His goodness. What we do know about His great works are more than enough to give Him the highest praise in all we do.