Jesus on the 06:55 from Sevenoaks


Jeremy Marshall, Chief Executive Officer, C.Hoare & Co, describes his experience on the morning commute.

More interesting than how I became a Christian is why.

I became a Christian because I think it’s true. By ‘it’s true’ I mean the claim that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and that He rose from the dead 2,000 years ago.

More than that, when I became a Christian I ‘met’ him, not physically of course, but a blindness I never knew I had was cured, and my eyes were opened to the fact that Jesus is God and is alive. And once you meet the risen Jesus, everything else the Bible claims slots into place.

I firmly believe Jesus speaks to me on a daily basis when I read his word in the Bible. For example, I was recently reading the Bible on the train in from Sevenoaks and I read in the book of Acts that,

God raised Jesus from the dead on the third day and caused him to be seen… by us who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead… everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.

As I read, it was as if a voice said to me, ‘Jeremy, this is for you!’ Jesus is real and in the Bible we can know him today.

When I became a Christian as a teenager, I thought all Christians were terribly boring. The realisation that life is 10,000 times better, knowing Christianity to be true, only came after 30 years in the City. If there is no God then life in the City is a brutal Darwinian struggle for survival, in which the weakest go to the wall and ‘the devil take the hindmost’.

And that’s just in this life.

Having been diagnosed with cancer last year, the finality of death is still in my mind. I hope I am now cured, but the reality is that, at the end, however high you climb the greasy career pole, if there is no God then there is an unavoidable precipice (to mix my metaphors) called Death, and every one of us must step into an abyss beyond, from which nobody has ever returned.

On the other hand, knowing Jesus is alive and real gives my time in the City a clear purpose. Jesus said,

From those to whom much is given much shall be required.

Among other things, this means I use my resources to help others. I spend a lot of time encouraging philanthropy and charitable giving of time and money – the bank where I work majors on that and is rightly proud of its history of supporting people like William Wilberforce. God has placed us in the City to serve him and, if we trust in him, when we die we shall be with him.

For someone once came back from that precipice...

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