In the last 6 months, so much change has taken place all over the world, isn’t that so?
Right now, it feels impossible to predict what the world will look like next month, let alone next year. Behavioral science and the broad sweep of history suggest that Covid-19 will tremendously transform our daily lives in the long run.
I believe that we can say with certainty that all over the place, change is upon us, but that is not the end of the matter. I would like to remind you dear friends, that in a constantly changing world there is one unchanging reality – God does not change!
The Bible says in Hebrews 13:8 that “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” That means that the same Jesus who went about healing and teaching and preaching and ministering, the Jesus that opened blind eyes, the Jesus who reached out to the sinful in compassion and the Jesus who reached out to the hurting and lifted up the fallen, that Jesus is alive.
Here are 3 things about Jesus that ought to encourage us and give us hope in any situation we may find ourselves in:
I. HIS PURPOSE IS UNCHANGEABLE
What is His purpose in the world today? The same that it was when He came into this world. Jesus said, ”I have come that you might have life and have it more abundantly”. Somebody said that life begins at forty. I believe that Life begins at Calvary. When you come to know Jesus Christ as your Savior then you have a real purpose in life. He came that you might have LIFE – a life that does not end at 60, 70, 80, or even 100. The life that Christ offers is eternal.
II. HIS POWER IS STILL AVAILABLE
In Ephesians 1:19 Paul said, ”I pray that you will begin to understand how incredibly great His power is to help those who believe Him.” As we all know, the 2020-2021 school year is soon to begin. Dear students and parents, let us be grateful for all the support, understanding, and sacrifices our school districts are making to prepare our children for back to school in those challenging times. Let us constantly keep our children and those who serve them in prayer, and last but certainly not least, let us remember that God is our great source of power and strength and His power is available for us at any time of the day and in any circumstance.
III. HIS PROMISES ARE STILL RELIABLE
Because He lives, His promises are still reliable. If you are weak, He says, “I am your strength”. If you are in despair, He says, “I am your hope”; if you are depressed, He says, “I am your encouragement”; if you feel lost, He says, “I am the way”; if you are searching, He says, “I am the truth”. Whatever you need, Jesus Christ IS, because He fulfills all the promises of God. Call upon Him today and He will answer you.
In the face of the coronavirus pandemic, we have the power to choose our response. When we choose faith over fear, wisdom over worry, and prayer over panic, we can experience the “peace of God, which surpasses all understanding” that we read about in Philippians 4:7. In doing so, we become the light of Christ in a very dark and uncertain situation.
I will leave you now with the words of one of my favorite hymns, not before wanting to mention the fact that I love you all in the Lord and I am praying for you:
Because He lives, I can face tomorrow
Because He lives, all fear is gone
Because I know He holds the future
And life is worth the living, just because He lives