Inside San Quentin State Prison last April, hundreds of prisoners heeded the meaning of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.
Jehovah’s Witnesses invited the men-in-blue, on April 11, to listen to an explanation of how the death of Jesus Christ could benefit them and their families.
The explanation, according to Peace, Health and Prosperity—Everyone’s Dream, read,
“Centuries ago, a divinely inspired prophet foretold the time when man would be at peace with nature. Illness would be eliminated. Families would build their own houses, plant their own fields, and enjoy the fruits of their labors.
“Jesus performed powerful works that showed on a small scale how such prophecies will become a global reality. His death was fundamental to the future elimination of every cause of sorrow. So important was Jesus’ death to the fulfillment of God’s purpose that Jesus commanded his disciples to commemorate it.”
Catholics and Protestants held Good Friday services on April 14.
Dozens of prisoners singing spirituals filled both chapels.
In the Catholic chapel, the sermon began by focusing on the redemption of humanity through the sacrifice. Chapter 19 of St. John explains the circumstances that led to Jesus’ crucifixion and the treatment of his body.
The sanctity of the Catholic Chapel gave the men-in-blue the chance to tell each other that they “come in peace” as well as to send prayers all over the world, including the men and women on Death Row as well as those who do not believe in Jesus.
The congregation was invited to the stage to touch the cross.
Some held the feet of Christ, while others crossed themselves. Many others kissed his feet, some left near tears.
Meanwhile in the Protestant chapel, each patron was given a little red book Who I Am in Christ. Its caption reads, “I was once far away from God, my heavenly Father, but because of the blood sacrifice of Christ Jesus, I now accept that I have been brought near to God.”
Several men-in-blue took the stage to preach the relevance of Jesus’ sacrifice.
“The old was temporary—the new way is permanent—Christ’s blood is what made it permanent,” one prisoner said. “The power comes from the blood of Christ. His innocent, untainted blood is saving humankind and giving us eternal life. The blood of Christ will never lose its power.” “Christ died for the righteous and the sinner,” another said. “The blood of Christ covers everyone. The sprinkling of the blood of Jesus changes a man to his spiritual self.”