Fresh Hope – 25th December 2017

Happy Christmas everyone!

As we celebrate this day with family and friends, it’s also a special moment to pause and reflect on the true meaning of Christmas.

Christmas Day, up until the 4th century BC, was celebrated on the 6th January; that was until the first Christian emperor, Constantine, changed it to the 25th December. This was not because he believed it was Jesus’ day of birth, but because it marks the day of the winter ‘solstice’. This is the day that the natural eye can see for itself an astronomical phenomenon, where the light starts to overcome the darkness during the day. From here on, in the natural world, we start to see longer days of light. Was it not this very day that was chosen so that we could be pointed to Jesus who came to overcome the darkness?

John 8v12…Jesus said, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of Life’.

Today – whether spending it with a house full of loved ones or sitting all alone – begin to see for yourself that you no longer have to walk around in the dark, but you too can experience Jesus Christ’s love for you as He lights up the rest of your life.

Like any gift this Christmas, in order to experience it, you have to receive it with open arms.

Don’t just stumble around in the darkness anymore…open your heart and your arms to receive Jesus right now.

Have a blessed and happy CHRISTmas.

Remember: FRESH HOPE is waiting for you first thing every morning over Christmas (Mon –  Sat).

Pastor Mark

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