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2000 Years Distant?

With both my parents being Christians, I have attended church and been taught stories from the Bible for as long as I can remember. However, although I believed what I read in the Bible, none of this really impacted my life. I was a good boy, only young, and Jesus seemed so distant to me; 2000 years distant in fact.

However things changed at around the age of 10. I was in my room and looking at the planes coming in to land at Heathrow, when I thought back to 9/11. That day started normally. People got up and went to work expecting an ordinary day. Unfortunately, many never came home. I realised that the same could happen to me. Death didn’t have to give a warning. I thought at that moment about what would happen to me if I died. I certainly believed in a God and I knew that before him I was a sinner. I didn’t have a right relationship with him and I had not worshipped him as King.

I picked up a Bible and began to read the beginning of Mark’s gospel. In chapter 2 Jesus says to a paralytic man, ‘that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins’. I realised at this moment that Jesus wasn’t just a man who lived 2000 years ago and was of little relevance to me, but that he forgives sins and could forgive mine. I realised that although I was a sinner, he came to die on a cross and rise from the dead so that I can have forgiveness. On the cross, he was put to death for my sins and he bore the shame and punishment that I deserved.

Although I can’t place my finger on exactly when I became a Christian, it wasn’t long after this that I knew a peace with God, a desire to serve my Creator and my trust was firmly in him. Since then things have not been faultless. Everything did not suddenly start working out. I did not suddenly become perfect. There have been many struggles and many times where I have not put God first in my life and have not loved my neighbour as myself. However, I know that Christ is with me in everything I do and that when I die, I will have eternal life as he has promised me.

Joshua Hemmings

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And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.

Acts 4:12