Meditation on Covid 19
Denial of scary facts…it exists, it is unanticipated.
It is overwhelming. It brings death and fear and loss and isolation.
It attacks our vulnerable…and anyone.
They say our defense to such a virus…stay isolated, alone, separated; be withdrawn, self-protected…selfish.
But the related shutdown has consequences…costs, destruction of life-works, delayed learning skills, loss of commitments, broken agreements, lost/compromised values. Heartaches.
From the past…a memory of a motivation.
4 Spiritual Laws – The Gospel.
(We are) Created for relationship…
(We are) Broken by selfishness…sin…
(We are) Separated by a godly chasm from the real creator…
The Cross child came…
Redemption for the redeemed…a way…
The chasm was bridged as only HE could…
(We are) Called to come…to follow after…to live in HIS peace…
(We are) Called to live in relationship…
(We are) Healed…given all we need to live by grace…
Maranatha Lord Jesus…Come Lord Jesus.
Never fully overcome by circumstances
We belong to a faithful Savior…
We belong to the Cross child who reigns and intercedes…
We belong to the Christ, ruler, sustainer, healer, controller, redeemer…friend of mine.
Has this virus-caused separation and forced isolation reminded you, as it has me, that we may be receiving a call from God to all peoples/tongues/tribes to come…to be restored to relationship as he intended us to be? With all things held precious put aside, do we find comfort in the presence of our Lord alone?
Man’s rebellion has separated him from God. Sin cuts us off from fellowship with God. Mankind’s problem is that we are separated from God. The separation required is more than social distancing…more than isolation…more than feeling alone…being forever outside the presence of Our Father in Heaven.
But we have the Gospel…of our Lord Jesus…the Christ.
Having been made Gospel ambassadors, share what we know as truth:
II Corinthians 5:21 “For He (God) hath made Him (Christ) to be sin for us, who (Christ) knew no sin: that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.”
Romans 5:8 “But God proved His love for us, in that while we were sinners, Christ died for us.”
I Peter 3:18 “For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit.”
I Timothy 2:5 “For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus.”
John 1:12 “But as many as received Him to them gave He the power to become the children of God, even to them that believe on His name.”
As we continue in the Christian Lenten season leading to the Easter events of Good Friday (death of Christ) and Easter (Life renewed in Risen Christ) I recall words of an old Easter Hymn: The Old Rugged Cross
On a hill far away stood an old rugged cross,
The emblem of suffering and shame;
And I love that old cross where the dearest and best
For a world of lost sinners was slain.
So I’ll cherish the old rugged cross,
Till my trophies at last I lay down;
I will cling to the old rugged cross,
And exchange it some day for a crown.
O that old rugged cross, so despised by the world,
Has a wondrous attraction for me;
For the dear Lamb of God left His glory above
To bear it to dark Calvary.
In the old rugged cross, stained with blood so divine,
A wondrous beauty I see;
For ‘twas on that old cross Jesus suffered and died
To pardon and sanctify me.
To the old rugged cross I will ever be true,
It’s shame and reproach gladly bear;
Then He’ll call me some day to my home far away,
Where His glory forever I’ll share.
My home church, Hope in Christ Church of Bellingham is distance worshipping using phones, video, cards and prayer to sustain us in obedience to our government and community standards. While we share in all the feelings and fears common to all, especially for our older members, our belief, our confidence, our hope…is in the Lord.
We will get through this…if the Lord tarries. Bring someone with you…here or there.