The difference Jesus makes

“Living well” probably means different things to different people.  For us it’s a lot to do with living in freedom.  The Bible says that Jesus came to bring us freedom (John 8:32) and we’ve discovered that it’s true!

Freedom from fear in a world where there is uncertainty as regards health, relationships and economics and where many people are fearful about what today and tomorrow might bring.  Jesus came so that we could know peace.

Freedom from confusion in a world where we are confronted with an unimaginable range of choice be it breakfast cereals, mortgages, or spiritualities compounded by the reach of Google and relentless “you need”/“you’re worth it” advertising.  Jesus came so that we could know the Truth.

Freedom from loneliness in a world where isolation has reached epidemic proportions despite the fact that we can get in touch with anyone, anywhere, at any time. Jesus came so that we could know His presence.

Freedom from pain in a world where we all experience it, be it the physical pain of ill health or the emotional pain of loss (bereavement, opportunity, employment).  Jesus came so that we would know compassion.

Freedom from addiction in a world where people are enslaved by a whole variety of addictions, including substances, possessions, pornography and the approval of others.  Jesus came so that we could know release.

It really is all about Jesus because He does for us what we cannot do for ourselves.  He brings us back to God dealing with our past, assuring us of the future and helping us in the present…..and more….He invites us to join Him in His work in the world.

To find out more about Jesus and what He has done for us and the adventure He calls us into, visit:

www.christianityexplored.org

One Solitary Life

Here is a man who was born in an obscure village, the child of a peasant woman.

He grew up in another village.

He worked in a carpenter shop until He was thirty.

Then for three years He was an itinerant preacher.

He never owned a home.

He never wrote a book.

He never held an office.

He never had a family.

He never went to college.

He never put His foot inside a big city.

He never travelled two hundred miles from the place where He was born.

He never did one of the things that usually accompany greatness.

He had no credentials but Himself…

While still a young man, the tide of popular opinion turned against him.

His friends ran away.

One of them denied Him.

He was turned over to His enemies.

He went through the mockery of a trial.

He was nailed upon a cross between two thieves.

While He was dying His executioners gambled for the only piece of property He had on earth – His coat.

When He was dead, He was laid in a borrowed grave through the pity of a friend.

Nineteen long centuries have come and gone, and today He is a centerpiece of the human race and leader of the column of progress.

I am far within the mark when I say that all the armies that ever marched, all the navies that were ever built; all the parliaments that ever sat and all the kings that ever reigned, put together, have not affected the life of man upon this earth as powerfully as has that one solitary life.

Dr James Allan Francis

Lymington Baptist Church Family
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