New Year Message

A message for the New Year

Dear Friends,

I trust that you have had a Happy Christmas and you are now probably back into the routines of everyday life.

The New Year can be quite a melancholy time when you reflect on the past and consider what the future holds. There may be many difficult decisions ahead such as choosing a school for your children, employment prospects, hospital visits. There may be happy occasions such as the arrival of a new baby, a marriage of one of your children, a significant birthday.

All the above are part of life’s tapestry but there are things that we do not give thought too because they are too painful to consider.

This reminds me of the story of Lazarus in the gospel of John in Chapter 11. Lazarus was sick and word was sent to his friend Jesus. But the sickness caused Lazarus to die. Jesus arrived in Bethany four days after the death of Lazarus and Martha’s response was “If you had been here, my brother not have died. But I know that even now God will give you whatever you ask.”

We are told that Lazarus was in the tomb and Jesus went and wept at the tomb. However, that was not the end. Jesus called him by name and Lazarus arose from the tomb and Jesus told the family to loose the grave clothes and let him go.

There are many things that tie us up in knots during our life. But it is only Jesus who can release us from the real bondage in our life which is the sin which separates us from God.

We are similar to Lazarus, but not physically dead we are dead in our sins, and we need the new life that only Jesus can offer through our coming to Him for forgiveness and we should life our lives trusting in all that He gives through His death on the cross.

When we come to Jesus we will still face all the things that we talked about above in our daily life. However, with Jesus we will have someone who will keep us and guide us through this life until He calls us home to be with Him in eternity.

“I am the Way, the Truth and the Life” John Chapter 14 verse 6