The Light of 2021

January 1, 2021 Preacher: Gareth Franks Series: New Year

Topic: Christian Living Scripture: John 1:10–18

I have heard people say, “We just need this year to end.” I’ve nodded in agreement. There is comfort in thinking that if we simply endure through December 31, 2020, the suffering of this season will come to an end. Surely, 2021 won’t be like this one.

But what if it is? What if 2021 is NOT a Happy New Year? What if 2020 is just a trailer for 2021? As 2020 has shown, the future is unknown to us. 2020 has taught us that hoping in tomorrow, next week, next month, or next year certainly isn’t a new way of coping with hard times. 2020 has shown us that changed circumstances don’t necessarily deliver the peace and joy we expect.

Where is your hope directed towards this year? Where do you find your joy, peace and satisfaction from?

Our passage this morning is about LIGHT coming into and triumphing over darkness. If you are searching for good news, joy, peace and the promise of a better day tomorrow, the only everlasting, soul satisfying hope we can turn to is the Lord Jesus Christ.

John 1:10-18  "He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. (11) He came unto his own, and his own received him not. (12) But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: (13) Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. (14) And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. (15) John bare witness of him, and cried, saying, This was he of whom I spake, He that cometh after me is preferred before me: for he was before me. (16) And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace. (17) For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ. (18) No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him."

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