The night before November 1 is the evening before “All Saints Day”.

So the word “halloween” means the evening (‘een’) before the day we remember the holy ones (‘hallow’).

How do you become a holy one? The answer is not by being good or religious. Thank God for that!

You become a holy one by believing in Jesus. When you know that He loves you and you join His followers in becoming one of His special (holy) people.

“God so loved the world that He gave His only Son that whoever believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).

This message was lost for a long time, but 500 years ago on Halloween 1517 it was rediscovered and quickly spread around the world.

The news of Jesus is that you don’t need to be in the dark any more – you can know the truth about God and you can love the “light of life” (John 8:12) when you belong to Jesus.

Say goodbye to the dark – thanks to Jesus Christ!

Simon Manchester