What a year 2016 has been… I would have to say that it has been a year of unpredictable outcomes. Whether you are an armchair political commentator or not, you would not have missed the events of Brexit and the US election. What was more newsworthy than the media hype leading up to the outcome was the actual result. It seems that what is assured or predicted by the media and the loud minority is not as it seems. Not even social media, the greatest analysts or political geniuses could have predicted the outcomes that will now shape the world for years to come.
The results of these events will most certainly alter our world leading to much uncertainty for every man, woman and child. Although people have spoken out, many are turning to anger, hatred, confusion and fear for the days ahead. Whether you are for or against these recent changes, you would have to agree that we are living in turbulent times. In these moments our human nature looks for some kind of certainty, a firm foundation and a substance of hope to cling to.
It is in reflection of this all that I turn to Jesus Christ as we look to celebrate His birth. Jesus, God’s Son, was born in a similar time of uncertainty and unpredictable days to offer a solution for all mankind. He was perfect and without fault. He came to give everyone a hope and a future to hold onto. Jesus was so resolute in His undiscriminating love for all humanity, that He sacrificed His own life as a ransom for everything and anything that could ever separate us from Him and the gift of eternal life.
He did not just do this for the loud minority or a right wing majority, nor for the rich, the powerful, or the popular alone… but for all mankind! Jesus Himself said that He came ‘not to judge the world, but to save the world through Him’ (John 3:17). He came to offer ‘a way’ (a solution), truth (certainty) and life (John 14:6) for you and I, no matter our present circumstances. When all else seems dim and dark we can find hope, truth and light in Him. Jesus’ offer of eternal life is simple and unchanging… If you choose to believe in Him you will not perish, but you will have eternal life and an ever-present solid rock to rest your life upon that is unchanging and unshakable!
Written by Ryan Croxford - Senior Pastor of C3 Newcastle City Churc