Matthew 20:17-19 (TLB) As Jesus was on the way to Jerusalem, he took the twelve disciples aside 18 and talked to them about what would happen to him when they arrived. “I will be betrayed to the chief priests and other Jewish leaders, and they will condemn me to die. And they will hand me over to the Roman government, and I will be mocked and crucified, and the third day I will rise to life again.”
As I was making my online grocery order for pickup, hopefully praying it would not be cancelled again, the scrolling banner suggested stocking up for Easter dinner. It caught me off guard. Easter is less than two weeks away. There will be no church service at the local house of worship this year. I cannot remember the last time our family didn’t attend church on this very special day. Easter is my favorite celebration. It is the day that everything changed for me. When Jesus came out of that tomb alive and well to ascend to sit at the right hand of the Father, it meant everything in my life would be okay. It was the deciding point. It was my victory. It might be hard to remember what a glorious day Easter is in our current state of affairs.
I am reminded today of just how important my Risen Savior and Soon-Coming King is to me. Right now the world is uncertain and shaken but I know that the Lord is not unraveled by the state of affairs. On his way to Jerusalem, he told the disciples exactly what was about to happen. I am sure they were a bit overwhelmed at the thought vowing that it would not happen to Jesus… but it did. It had to. It was the only way that you and I would ever have hope again. Have faith, dearest one, King Jesus is alive and well. He sits on the throne. There is not a single aspect of our life that is missed or overlooked but carefully scripted for our good and His Glory.
John 16:32-33 (TLB) “But the time is coming—in fact, it is here—when you will be scattered, each one returning to his own home, leaving me alone. Yet I will not be alone, for the Father is with me. I have told you all this so that you will have peace of heart and mind. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows; but cheer up, for I have overcome the world.”
Every day the President of the United States and the Governor of Florida (where I live) gives an update on the progress, prognosis and plan concerning the virus sweeping over the world. I cannot help but think a bit ironic that this “plague” has come during Passover season. As if the Lord is pointing to the solution to this devastating problem as everyone bleaches, cleans and disinfects like never before. Have you pleaded the Blood of Jesus over our family, friends and coworkers today? Have you spoken to and listened for the King of Kings and Lord of Lords to issue his state of affairs through the Holy Spirit? Peace will only come when our eyes are on the Champion. The One who wears the victor’s crown. The authority and power over all sickness and even death. There is more to life than this and it is fully opened to us through Jesus Christ. Can I let you in on a little secret today? The greatest fear of mankind I loss of control. To think that there is no human influence on the events, circumstances, situations or circumstances of our life is devastating whether you know it or not. People are hoarding food, cleaning supplies and toilet paper (of all things) to try to establish some kind of control. It doesn’t work. We are not in control. Never have been and never will be – this is the current state of affairs.
Hebrews 7:24-25 (TLB) But Jesus lives forever and continues to be a Priest so that no one else is needed. He is able to save completely all who come to God through him. Since he will live forever, he will always be there to remind God that he has paid for their sins with his blood.
Jesus is alive today. He sits at the Right Hand of God interceding for us. He is bringing our name, situation, care, worries, burdens, and more before His Father. He is faithful. He is true. He is victorious. He has overcome the world. Maybe just for a moment, if we can shift our focus from the reality of this world (who even knows what that is anymore thanks to faulty, sensationalized media and false news) and look to the One who never changes. Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever. Nothing has changed. His Plan and Purpose for your life is completely intact. He is using every single detail for our good and His Glory. We must find that teeny tiny mustard seed of faith and once again place it into the Nail-scarred Hand. He has the whole world in His Hands after all. Isn’t that how the old song goes? Do you believe it? This too shall pass. There will be something else in the future. Find love, joy, peace and hope in the One who never changes. The One who thought you were worthy dying for. The One who will never leave you or forsake you. Let Him lead you and guide you to victory!
Hebrews 13:8 (TLB) Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.