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“Jesus changes everything.” This could easily be considered just another shallow Christian cliche. But I mean it with complete seriousness, and to a level that is hard to express.

Christ first changed my life in May 1997 when I heard the Gospel and I put my faith in Him. The impact on me was dramatic – one of those darkness to light conversions. Previously I was a drug addicted, self-centred mess. I turned into a man with brand new sensitivities and a drive to help others come to know the Jesus who had changed me.

I discovered over the next 21 years that my conversion was only the beginning of many experiences of the kind that Jesus makes. Countless times I’ve had my understanding and expectations overhauled as the Lord opened my eyes to new truth about Him, about me, and about life.

He has changed everything in this world’s sphere already. Over much of the globe, today’s date is determined by an estimate of the day He was born. People may change the suffix from BC and AD to BCE and CE, but that does not change the point in history that they revolve around. However, as familiar as that reckoning is, we will see that it is off by about 33 years.

Why do I say this? It is because the real dividing point of history is not the birth of Christ, but His death on the cross. His death simultaneously fulfilled the Old Covenant – God’s agreement with the people of Israel, made at Mount Sinai – and inaugurated the New Covenant – the New Agreement God established, and the one under which we live today. This is the change that makes all the difference in the history of the world, and all the difference in your life and mine. That death, Christ’s death, enabled me to have life. Hope filled and hope fuelled life. Life as it is meant to be. Life as it should be. Not free from trials and tribulations – but with the strength and endurance to continue despite them. Underpinned and standing strong on the love of God that Christ shows to me. The true Fatherly love of God.

That’s why I have written these posts. To show an outworking of Christ’s hope in me. In them, you will maybe glean a new understanding of what Christ has done for me and WILL do for you. You will get a rich picture of the kind of changes Jesus has made in my life when I put my trust in Him for my day to day existence. Could He possibly do the same for you.

This may be the first time that you have heard or read of the changes Christ makes in a life, or Jesus may already have changed your life to an extent. Either way, there is more to come – much more than you have ever dreamed!

It is my hope that you will discover the richness of Christ, and also the wealth that is yours because of the New Covenant He has brought into being.

May His changes in your life be a rich journey of discovery until He takes you to the fullness of eternal life in His Presence.

Please take the time to read over my posts, snapshots of my life story and marvel at the miracle when HIS story over takes my story and the changes He makes. The Hope He brings. The life He gives. He stretches out His hand to you, surprisingly through me and the fooloshness of a WordPress blog.

Jesus changes everything.

This INTRO is part of a wider collection to show the journey that would eventually lead me to the cross of Jesus Christ, my personal redemption, and my journey of faith afterwards. If you would like to know more of my story, please click on my “About” page and take it from there.

Alternatively, you can visit the Media Links page and see a short visit done by BBC Radio Scotland for an interview I did there.

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One Reply to “40 – A bit of an explanation”

  1. Amen brother. The life of Christ in us changes everything. These changes are dramatic and life altering, not just in our own lives but the lives of our wives and children and larger families. It is not throwing a pebble in a pond, it is taking a rock and high above our heads and throwing in down and the whole earth shaking. Seeing your family, you children stand up0 and speak boldly for the Lord is truly an incredible thing. Where would our children be if we had continued on down the path of death? They would in all likelihood be drawn into the same darkness that we walked in. Yet, praise God, the light that is now in us draws them into the light. And if the Lord tarries will draw their own children into the light of Christ. It is the life and the light of Jesus changing everything. ….bro Frank

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