Fresh Hope – 30th November 2018


What were the very first words that God spoke in the Bible?

Answer: Let there be light.

It’s one of the biggest clues to the fact that God doesn’t want you to be in the dark; in fact, there’s a little more to it than meets the eye. The word translated light from the original text is the word ‘order’, and the word for dark came from the word meaning ‘chaos’.

Think about it for a moment…the first thing that God wanted for this world was to light it up, so that the chaos could be brought to order. In fact, 740 years before Jesus came to earth we read these words…

Isaiah 9:2 The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned.

Now skip to the New Testament and we find the fulfilment of that promise…

When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.’ John 8:12


Have you ever wondered why when everything outwardly seems to be working just fine, there’s still a longing for something more?

Have you ever wondered why in a very lit world, you feel as if you are wandering around in the dark?

Maybe you would describe your existence like this…everything is complete but there’s just something missing.

I’m sure that we’ve all been in a power cut from time to time.

What’s the first thing that you reach for? A candle? A torch? The light from your phone? The truth is that everything comes to a standstill until the power comes back on. Whilst it’s off, your life is disorientated and even quite fearful, yet just one light can dispel the darkness.

Having the ‘light of life’ means that your life comes alive and you begin to see clearly where you’re going for the first time – your life comes alive.

As we approach this Christmas season, my question to you is, have you got it? Have you found it? Or is life just one big puzzle?

When a popular town plans a date to have its Christmas lights switched on, it usually invites a celebrity to do so.

The greatest thing that you could do today is to invite the greatest person that ever walked the earth to switch your light on so that you will never walk in darkness again.

Everything changes when the light goes on.

Invite Jesus into your life right now…He’s just waiting for you to ask.

The future is bright!

Pastor Mark

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