When Paul was in prison, he wrote letters to his friends. Philemon was one of Paul’s friends. Onesimus was Paul’s friend, too. Onesimus had been Philemon’s slave, but he had run away.
In our Bible verses, we learn that while Onesimus was with Paul, he became a Christian. Paul wanted Onesimus to do the right thing and return to his master. So Paul wrote a letter to Philemon. He asked Philemon to accept Onesimus back — not as a slave, but as a brother in Christ. Paul told Philemon, “…accept Onesimus back…If he has done any wrong to you or owes you anything, charge that to me” (verse 17b-18).
That story reminds me of what Jesus did for us. We do bad things, and we are slaves to sin. But God does not want us to be punished for our sins and spend eternity separated from Him. That’s why Jesus came to earth and accepted our punishment. He died on the cross so that we can be saved.
I hope you have accepted Jesus’ sacrifice for your sins!