It doesn’t seem right, does it? Quarantined during a time of year when churches are usually packed, a time when people celebrate, egg hunts are held, and family and friends gather, a time when we usually throw a big “Jesus party,” celebrating His once-and-for-all conquering of sin and death! Instead of celebrating with our normal Jesus-filled Easter parties, we will all be staying in our homes, rightfully, trying to play our part in slowing down this pandemic.
Covid-19 is a reminder to us that all is not yet right in the world. When sin came into the world, it didn’t just impact humans but all of creation, too. The Apostle Paul tells us, “For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed. For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God” (Romans 8:19-21).
While Easter is a time we celebrate Jesus’ power over sin and death, we also recognize that we are still living in a time when sin can wreak havoc on our world. While we have a living hope that through Jesus all will be made right one day, right now we must acknowledge that we are a work in progress, still impacted by sin, until the day that Jesus returns.
A verse I have found great hope in is, “Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus” (Philippians 1:6). While all may not seem right in the world, we can be confident that Jesus will see this work to completion!
A day is coming when there will be no more virus, or tears, or mourning…In fact we are told, “He (Jesus) will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away” (Revelation 21:4).
What a beautiful day that will be! Until that day, we will cling to our living hope, the one that conquered sin and death on the cross, and the one that is making all things right in the world. Jesus began a good work and will carry it on to completion!
This coming Sunday is Easter! We are planning an epic celebration that you won’t want to miss. Please plan on tuning in, and please share it with someone in your life that needs to hear about the love of Jesus! We will be emailing out our Easter service, as well as posting it on welcome2hope.com and our Facebook page.