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Kirkby Gospel Hall, Portland Street, Kirkby in Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, NG17 7AB

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July 11, 2017



Benjamin Franklin is said to be the source of the saying, ‘In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes’. In a sense, he may well have been trying to bring some calm to a situation that is common, but particularly topical at the moment. These are uncertain times. How long will the present government last? Will Jeremy Corbyn succeed in his ambition to be Prime Minister? What will happen with Brexit? Will there be another terrorist attack in one of our major cities? Am I safe if I live in a tower block somewhere in the country? For come, the questions may be far more pressing and personal. Where will I find the money to pay the bills?



Most of us cope with the stresses associated with uncertainty, and doubt in relation to the future. However, the increasing incidence of mental health issues reminds us that this is not always the case. For some, the constant struggle to manage a deficit budget, to look after a family, to cope with illness, or to obtain appropriate benefits after redundancy becomes too much, and medical intervention becomes a necessity.



What I am reminded of is a certainty that is spoken of in the Bible. I am not referring to death, although that is mentioned, or taxes. The certainty is that we can have eternal life. The Bible says: ‘He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life’. [1] Another verse gives us the words of Jesus Christ: ‘He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life’. [2]



What this means is that we can be assured, be certain, that we are forgiven – we will not come into condemnation. All those occasions when we have failed to do what is right, or actively done what we know to be wrong, can be forgiven. We can escape the consequence of those failures (sins), that is, spiritual death or separation from God. All of this is possible because of the death of the Lord Jesus Christ upon the cross some 2000 years ago. He gave His life to provide you with salvation.


There are also positive blessings through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. If we listen to the message of the Bible, and believe what it says, taking Jesus Christ as our Saviour, we can have ‘eternal life’. What does that mean? It means a relationship with God here and now. The Christian is not exempt from life’s difficulties, but he/she is assured of God’s presence and help in whatever life might throw at them. ‘He that hath the Son hath life’. [3]




[1] John 3 verse 36

[2] John 5 verse 24
[3] 1 John 5 verse 12

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