Fresh Hope – 25th December 2020


If your family is anything like ours, then Christmas isn’t complete without a good old amicable argument about the correct answers or scores to the family quiz!  In fact, this year, one of the ways of connecting with family and friends that you couldn’t physically have in your home is to organise an online quiz.  With the competitive nature of some people (mentioning no names) this is guaranteed to liven up the most dreary household this evening. Here’s a question to get you started…
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. There’s a little more to it than meets the eye too; 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 light 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 v 12)

Have you ever wondered why, when everything seems to working in your life just fine that there’s still a longing for something more? Have you ever wondered why, in a very bright and shiny world, that you feel as if you’re lost?

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

That ONE thing is what Jesus called the ‘light of life’. He said that if you find it you will never walk in darkness again. WOW! That, my friend is the greatest Christmas gift that anyone could ever possibly give to you.

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 literally comes alive.

My question to you on this Christmas Day is simply this: 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.

Invite Jesus to switch on the light in your life so that this Christmas day will become the greatest one ever for you.  

Everything changes when the light goes on.
Invite Jesus into your life right now. He’s just waiting for you to ask.

It’s corny, I know, but JESUS is the very REASON for the SEASON. 

Have the most amazing day…no matter what.  

Pastor Mark

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