On Sunday April 12, all over the world people celebrated Resurrection Sunday under extraordinary conditions amid the continued coronavirus pandemic. People spent time with families, watched church services online, and overall, observed the holiday in a uniquely different way.
Many of us however, may have missed out on the significance of the day due to the havoc wreaked by the virus. Over the last two months, people have lost a lot. Whether it be a job, a family member, or one’s own personal health; everyone has been impacted by Covid-19 in some way, and some more than others. As we face an unprecedented time in history, many of us may have gone into Easter this year wondering, where is the good news?
Jesus has been gone for over 2000 years, so what significance does this day have when death is running rampant throughout the entire world?
The Good News is, If Jesus Rose, So Will We
1 peter 5:7 says:
“Give all your cares and worries to God, for he cares about you”.
Regardless of why God has allowed this crisis to take place, the fact remains that He cares for us.
Here is a hard truth: sometimes God allows us to go through a difficult season to get us to turn to Him. This is not because he has malicious intentions towards us, he just wants to hear our voice.
Consider the story of the prodigal son (Luke 15:11–32). It was not until the son was destitute and reduced to nothing that he returned to his father. In the same way, some of us prior to this crisis, have neglected to acknowledge God’s presence in our lives.
Jesus Died so that we can have Access to the Father
Sometimes we allow our past behaviors to create a chasm between us and God. We convince ourselves that because of previous mistakes, God does not want anything to do with us. This could not be further from the truth. Paul tells us that:
“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus”Romans 8:1
What is Condemnation?
To condemn means to express complete disapproval or to show or prove guilty. What Paul is saying is that because of Jesus’ sacrifice, God does not disapprove of us nor does he seek to find guilt in us or to punish us.
During a calamity it is easy to think that God is punishing us, but if we believe the words of Paul, calamity does not equal punishment, it equals exaltation.
This proved true in the life of Jesus and his disciples.
After Jesus’ death the disciples found themselves in hiding, confused on what just happened, and unsure on how to proceed (John 20:19). To the disciples, Jesus’ death was a calamity; so much so that when he first reappeared to them, they did not believe it was him (Luke 24:37-38).
As we continue to face this coronavirus pandemic, as followers of Jesus we can rest assured, that on the other side of this calamity, we will be exalted; If Jesus rose, so will we.
How will we Rise?
God will Meet Us Where We Are
The last thing we need to have in this season, is our life all together. As a matter of fact, one of the promises of God is that his power is made perfect in our weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9).
All we need to do is Pray
God hears from us the same way we communicate with each other, through our words. Prayer is us communicating with God. Literally considerate it as a conversation.
We can sometimes be intimidated by the notion of prayer because we may think we need to use certain words or pray in a certain way.
Your prayer does not have to have an agenda.
2 Chronicles 7:14 says:
“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land”.
Jesus says in Matthew 7:7:
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you”.
All a good prayer requires is a humble spirit and persistence (prayer guide coming soon).
How is your Joy?
In addition to a consistently persistent prayer life, it is important that we retain our Joy.
What is Joy?
Often, the lines between Joy and happiness are blurred.
They are not the same.
Happiness is a fleeting experience of elation based on specific circumstance.
Joy is a consistent state of exhilaration, delight, or sheer gladness, that is not predicated on whether or not things are happening in our favor.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 says:
“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus”.
God has not forgotten any of us. Just as the father could not wait to embrace the prodigal son when he came home, so does God eagerly wait to embrace us.
This is the good news of Easter this year. Just as Jesus rose so shall we rise in our relationship, communication, and Joy, in and with God.
Thanks to Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross we have unlimited access to the God of the universe, and he wants to intervene on our behalf. This pandemic may have taken a lot from us, but we have the right to retain our faith and joy in Jesus Christ.
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