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Sunset over Walton Gardens

“In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” (John 1:1)

Hello again. Hope all is well with you all. We went to Walton Gardens a few days ago and they have a children’s zoo. We’ve only been there once before, so decided to visit it again and I’m glad we did! They have the cutest baby goats – I wanted to bring them all home with us. We also saw lots of peacocks. I love their colours and the sound they make! One of the peacocks was white, an albino peacock, apparently – I’ve never seen this before!

God spoke, and galaxies whirled into place, stars appeared and planets began orbiting the sun. He spoke again, and the waters and land were filled with plants and creatures. Again He spoke, and man and woman were formed – thinking, speaking and loving. Eternal, infinite, unlimited – He was, is and always will be the Maker and Lord of all that exists.

Then He came in the flesh to a speck in the universe called Planet Earth. The Mighty Creator became part of the creation, limited by time and space, susceptible to ageing, sickness and death. Through love, He came to rescue and save those who were lost and give them the gift of eternity. He is the Word; He is Jesus, the Christ.

Jesus was fully human and fully God. Although He took upon Himself full humanity and lived as a man, He never ceased to be the eternal God who has always existed, the Creator and Sustainer of all things, and the source of eternal life.

Because Jesus is God’s son, we can perfectly trust what He says. By trusting Him, we can open our minds to understand God’s message and fulfil His purpose in our lives.

Jesus met with individuals, healed the sick, fed the hungry, and exorcised demons. He also preached to very large crowds, trained His disciples and debated with the religious leaders. The message that He is the Son of God received a mixed reaction. Some worshipped Him, some were puzzled, some avoided Him and some tried to silence Him. We see the same varied reactions today. Times have changed but people’s hearts remain hard.

Jesus carefully instructed His disciples how to continue to believe, even after His death; yet, they could not take it in. After He died and the first reports came back that Jesus was alive, the disciples could not believe it. “Doubting Thomas” is especially remembered as one who refused to believe, even when he heard the eye witness accounts from other disciples.

On the third day after He died, Jesus rose from the dead. This was verified by His disciples and many eye witnesses. This fact is the foundation of the Christian faith.

Because Jesus is God, He lives for ever. Before the Word began, He lived with God and He will reign forever with Him. Jesus offers eternal life to us. We are invited to begin living in a personal relationship with Him, beginning now. Although we must grow old and die, by trusting Him we can have a new life that lasts forever.

Albino peacock

When we believe in Jesus’s life, words, death and resurrection, we are cleansed from sin and receive power to follow Him but we must respond by believing.

“My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from Him”. (Psalm 62:1)

Even when we are among unknown people and surroundings, God never abandons us. His all-surpassing strength is always with us.

If you want to accept Jesus’s offer of forgiveness and eternal life, you only need to say a simple prayer (out loud or just in your head).  If you say this prayer to Him, I can guarantee He will come into your heart and change you for the better.  

Dear Jesus

I accept that I am a sinner and need your forgiveness. I believe you came into this world to die for me, so that I can have eternal life. I believe you rose from the dead and are now alive in heaven with God, your father. Please come into my heart and be my Lord and Saviour. Please help me to live in the way you want me to.

Amen