Greg James and our great escape

Greg James

He got out.

After thirty hours of escape room torture, Radio 1’s Greg James was finally released into the real world – and just in time for the Brit Awards.

His code-cracking hooked the nation. It even made BBC Breakfast. And bizarrely, an Ainsley Harriot recipe became his key to freedom.

Escaping the puzzle cell was no easy task. And his escape depended one key thing.

Team Twitter

He needed others. He couldn’t have done it alone.

Without listeners and celebrity pals who solved puzzles, clues and a game of hangman, Greg would still be locked inside that sweaty radio prison.

Greg’s fans stood with him, via the Twitter hashtag, and got him out. He needed them.

Even Jack Whitehall.

Team Christ

Christians can’t go it alone either. We need each other.  

Our escape from sin’s penalty is all down to Christ, and we’re always in God’s presence (Hebrews 10:22). But it can feel like an impossible task to keep going as Christians.

The noisy messages around us make us want to swerve off course. We’ve got to ‘hold unswervingly to the hope we profess’ (Hebrews 10:23).

It’s a team effort. We need our church family. And this family stands side by side, cheering each other on to keep following Jesus (Hebrews 10:24).

So we’ll prioritise Sunday services, even if that means sacrificing a lie in. We’ll go to prayer meeting, even if that means saving Netflix for another night (Hebrews 10:25).

We’ll be available for our family – whether it’s Sunday or Thursday, 3pm or 3am. We need them. And they need us.

Final escape

Greg’s Twitter followers had to step up their game as he slipped further into puzzle madness.

Our role is urgent too. It may not look like it, but the Day is approaching when Jesus will come back (Hebrews 10: 25).

And we’re in a team on our way there.