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One life rescued brings hope to many

alphalogoaug13I was so intrigued by this comment that I heard recently in a small documentary which has been nominated for an academy award and I was eager to find out more for myself.
 
Although harrowing to watch, the comment refers to a voluntary organisation that rescues people from the fall out of bombs being dropped. Part of this film shows a week old baby being pulled from a huge pile of rubble. To me it felt like that baby was being born again … another chance at life. The ripples of joy, tearful joy, were obvious. The news spread that one life had been rescued.
 
This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone, a new life has begun! (2 Corinthians 5:17, New Living Translation)
 
As the Alpha Course is starting at HTR this week, I can’t help reflecting on the number of people who have taken the opportunity to ask important questions about the Christian faith, whether new to faith, rediscovering their faith, or just interested in learning more about God. Many have experienced God’s love so profoundly that it looks like they have been given a new life … they’ve been rescued. As a result these people have discovered that God has a plan for their life:
 
For I know the plans I have for you … plans to prosper you … (Jeremiah 29:11)
 
with the promise that Jesus will never leave us or forsake us (Hebrews 13:5). All it took was that first step of finding out for themselves. Like in the documentary, good news spreads and brings encouragement and a new hope to those who hear it.
 
Paraphrased from The Jesus Storybook Bible - “I’m going to send my Messenger - The Promised One. The One you have been waiting for. The Rescuer.”
 
My prayer is that you will hear the testimony of “one rescued life”, whether that’s at Alpha or coming to a Service, and that it would bring a new hope to you, in Jesus’ name.
 

Sue Jackson (30 January 2017)

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