We all want our lives to count. No matter how young or old, we want to know that our lives have been purposeful and fulfilling. It is not uncommon to hear phrases that capture this sentiment. ‘Live life to the max!’ ‘Live life to the fullest!’ Or perhaps you’ve heard under 20’s walking around saying ‘YOLO’ (you only live once). At St John’s, we affirm the idea that our lives can be purposeful and fulfilling. A couple of months ago we launched our vision for our church which articulated our desire to help you ‘live life well.’ In fact, the apostle Paul has his own particular motto to “take hold of the life that is truly life.” See, in a world of ‘fake news’, Paul writes that there are plenty of people who live fake lives. Not that they don’t do good or contribute to society but rather they have failed to take hold of the life that is truly life, and the further you move away from the life that is truly life, the less true or real your life is. So, what we want more than anything is to choose life, to live your life well, that is to take hold of and live out of true life.
Christians believe that Jesus is the only person who perfectly took hold of and lived a true life here on earth. We also believe that through his death and resurrection, a way was provided for Jesus to share true life with all those who desired it. It was Jesus who said, ‘I am the way, the truth and the life.’ See Jesus didn’t simply live a true life, rather Jesus is true life. Over the next month we are going to look deeper into what it means to be ‘made alive in Jesus’ and unpack for you why it is that true life, the life we all yearn for is found in him. My hope and prayer is that we might understand afresh the wonder of life in Jesus, be increasingly convinced that the life that is truly life, ‘real life,’ is found in him and help you to live life well,
As we grow together, James Hornby (Lead Minister)