Monthly Message Nov 2020


“ …if the Son sets you free, you will be

free indeed”.   John 8:36


Dear friends,

Over the past few years and especially in recent months, we have been almost overwhelmed by varying and conflicting predictions and pronouncements.  We were told Brexit would be the best thing for Britain, but also that it would spell disaster.  We are told that Joe Biden has won the US Presidential election although Donald Trump and many of his supporters appear to disagree!  Then comes the exciting news of a coronavirus vaccine breakthrough. But then, on the other hand, there are those who assert it’s far too early to be sure of its efficacy or safety.  All this is to say nothing of the differing opinions as to whether the coronavirus is a reality or not and whether those reported to have died from it actually died from something else.  The bottom-line seems to be that it is becoming increasingly difficult to know who and what to believe.  We fallen human beings have a tendency to believe what we want to believe, what suits our own agenda.   Where is truth to be found?

Writing to the church in Ephesus, Paul says “Surely you heard of (Christ) and were taught in him in accordance with the truth that is in Jesus”  (Eph 4:21).  Jesus himself made this great promise to some Jews “who had believed in him”: “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” (John 8:31,32).  A few verses later he says: “…if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed”! (v36).  The truth will set you free…the Son sets you free; because Jesus is the way and the truth and the life.

When we cannot clearly discern the truth of what is going on around us we may be tempted to despair or to be gullible.  But rather, let us lean ever closer to Jesus.  When we know Jesus we know not only the One who knows the truth but who is the truth.  One day, he will fully redeem his own and finally defeat his enemies; he will expose every lie and reveal the glorious truth.  So, in these days of uncertainty about so much wherein does our confidence lie? Does it lie in the One of whom Revelation 21 says: “Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God.  He will wipe every tear from their eyes.  There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away”.

“He holds the key of all unknown, and I am glad;

If other hands should hold the key, or if he trusted it to me, I might be sad.”

Yours in Christ,