Fresh Hope – 13th December 2016

Be careful not to mistake the life you may have with the life you could have, if only you would meet Jesus.

The whole point of the Christmas story is that Jesus came to bring us life with a capital ‘L’.

I was enjoying a meal out recently, with a group of marrieds from our church. The deal was, come to have your marriage enriched and at the same time have a speciality burger and dessert. As the main course ended and the dessert came, I was busy chatting away to a couple sitting next to me and didn’t realise that the ice cream that was accompanying my treacle tart was in exactly the same looking small white dish that the mayonnaise had come in with the burgers. I was so engrossed in conversation that I mistook the icecream for the mayonnaise and gulped one enormous spoonful right down. The look on my face must have been a picture, but it had to go down! I didn’t want to let on what had just happened, so I just kept smiling.

Life comes to us in various packages and often from the outside, they look quite the same.

On the outside, my life can look pretty much like my next door neighbour’s but that’s where it ends as on the inside of both of us something very different is going on.

You can wear the same trendy and fashionable clothes as the next person standing in line for the bus, but one person can be filled with fear and anxiety whilst the other can know the peace and joy that  only Jesus can bring.

At the staff Christmas party it may be hard to differentiate who’s found real life and who hasn’t because everyone is laughing and happy on the outside, yet we know that once home, those seemingly happy lives can find themselves in the depths of despair.

The reason that you find real life in knowing Jesus is because He created life in the first place and understands how it works. We’ve all heard the advice ‘for best results follow the makers’ instructions’ and it’s true especially when it comes to finding lasting life.

This Christmastime don’t just settle for the life you have that’s filled with anxiety and devoid of purpose – hand it over to the one that came to give you life by inviting Jesus to become your friend and Saviour today.

Deuteronomy 30:19-20 ‘This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him. For the Lord is your life, and he will give you many years…’

Pastor Mark

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