Food for Thought: Despite it all – He is risen
While this month is marked by the resurrection of our Lord, I would be remiss if I didn’t share my heart regarding the Coronavirus. Let’s be honest, these are scary times, and I know that there are so many living in tremendous fear and pain and it grieves my heart.
While I cannot guarantee anyone, including myself, won’t end up contracting the virus, I do want to share my hope and what can be your hope too. If we choose to, our hope can be in the Lord, that whatever happens, He is ultimately in control. We live in a sinful world that is responsible for many physical ailments and illnesses, but He promises to make all things right in the end.
I myself will stand on Psalm 91 verses 1,2,5 and 6: “Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.’ You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday.”
Please let this fact never leave our minds: We are a world, a nation, a state, a city and a neighborhood of fellow human beings that are all experiencing the same feelings and situations, to varying degrees. We are all in this together.
And we can also be together in all the wonderous blessings that the resurrection of Jesus means. That is one of the most beautiful aspects to the Lord’s love and provision. It is available to any human being that chooses to accept it. While the sacrifice on the cross that Jesus made for us is of course, monumentally crucial, without the resurrection, it would have meant nothing. Without the resurrection, Jesus’ ministry ends in defeat and disillusionment. Without the resurrection, one can only pity Jesus as a dead martyr whose lofty ideals were sadly misunderstood. With it however, one must stand in awe of the exalted Messiah, the Son of the living God, who gave His life as a ransom for many, who presently reigns at God’s right hand, and who will one day return to glory to fix this broken world.
Wow. “Who will one day return to glory to fix this broken world.” In the midst of all this fear and suffering, let us cling to that truth. He will return and He will make all things right. So, whether we are able to gather together and celebrate the wonder of Jesus’ resurrection or are forced to stream it, let nothing lessen our joy because, He has risen, He has risen indeed!