Colossians 1:25-27 NASB
“Of this church I was made a minister according to the stewardship from God bestowed on me for your benefit, so that I might fully carry out the preaching of the word of God, that is, the mystery which has been hidden from the past ages and generations, but has now been manifested to His saints, to whom God willed to make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.”
When all is said and done, regardless of the circumstances or differing particulars, there is no greater hope, than the hope that we who believe have been given, in Jesus Christ.
I’m sure we’ve all been reading and watching what the Coronavirus is doing, the lives it is taking, the disruption to our way of life it is causing and the reality of our limited resources and the various lines of our defenses that we can muster to offset it’s advance. It is apparently striking all spectrums of age, the rich and the poor, the faithful and those who profess no faith, in the vast majority of countries throughout the world.
And I can’t help but be thankful for the many men and women from so many different professions, who selflessly place their own safety and welfare aside, in order to serve others. Yes we as humans are a fallen race but there are still many who willingly place their own lives in jeopardy so as to address the needs of others who are less fortunate. Many of these men and women are Christians and many are not. And I am also mindful of what Jesus said about love, how there is no greater love than the love that is displayed where one person willingly lays down their life for another (John 15:13).
That of course is exactly what Jesus did for us and it is ultimately what He sometimes asks us to do for others. Can you imagine living in a world where there were none who would do this? Can you imagine a world where everyone thought only of themselves? So yes, there is indeed much evil within the world but it is not all darkness, light does indeed shine in many areas and in many people.
This reality in itself speaks of an acknowledgement that there is in fact, a greater value than self, that there is indeed a greater truth to be learned.
I have no idea how God goes about choosing who will survive and who will succumb to this virus. But what I do know is this, it makes me mindful that in spite of all that we think we know and all that we think we have achieved, which undoubtedly is significant, we’ve only barely yet scratched the surface and none of us are equal to God, our Creator. Maybe this is a merciful wake up call. Maybe this is a reminder to refocus on what is eternally important. Maybe this is a reminder that material things only address material needs and there is a greater purpose and reason for life.
Listen closely to the words that Jesus spoke.
John 3:14-21 NASB
“As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up; so that whoever believes will in Him have eternal life. “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. This is the judgment, that the Light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the Light, for their deeds were evil. For everyone who does evil hates the Light, and does not come to the Light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. But he who practices the truth comes to the Light, so that his deeds may be manifested as having been wrought in God.”
Jesus willingly gave His life for us so that we who believe in Him, might have our life in Him. That means right now and ultimately for all eternity. And as Jesus rose from the dead, our hope is that we also shall rise from the dead for our hope is in the glory of Jesus, who He is and what He and He alone accomplished.
2 Corinthians 4:17-18 NASB
“For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.”
There is no greater hope than the hope we have been given in Christ Jesus! None.
Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!