Fresh Hope – 30th March 2016

Much-loved Pastor and leader, Tommy Barnett, arrived from the States to speak at our church just three weeks ago.

As he disembarked the plane at Birmingham airport, he went to collect his luggage and had a nasty fall, injuring his head, elbow and both knees.

At 78 years of age and now with blood streaming down his face, it looked certain that he was going to spend his first few hours at our local A and E department.

After meeting him at the hotel a little later, we decided that it would be far better and much quicker to pop and see one of the doctors that attends our church.

That afternoon, I drove him into Birmingham for an appointment with our friendly doctor.

After a thorough check-up, he was declared fit, and assured that although badly cut and bruised, no bones were broken.

As I walked back to the car with him, he asked me how much he owed us.

“Nothing at all”,  I said as we got into the car.

“I must pay you back, as this will have obviously cost you a lot to get me in privately to see such a doctor”, he replied.

I then explained that although we have very high fuel prices, unlike the USA, we do have the NHS to thank for his free medical treatment!

He could hardly believe that I was telling the truth and that all he had received had come completely free.

The greatest truth on earth this Easter time is that Jesus has paid for your sins to be forgiven, once and for all, and that the free gift of His love to you right now is all part of the deal.

You will never be able to pay for that yourself, and that’s exactly why Jesus went to the cross for you, knowing that the only way back to God was through His son, Jesus, giving His life for you.

I know it sounds too good to be true, but it is true.

Jesus paid in full – so to you, it’s a free gift.
Romans 5:6-8 You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Pastor Mark

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