As I write this brief update, we currently find ourselves in the midst of a pandemic. Where will we be, as a Nation, a Commonwealth, community and Church Family in the next few weeks or months? I don’t believe anyone really knows? Save One that is! Jesus told His disciples, “In this world you will have trouble” (John 16:33a). It didn’t take the Wahun/Corona/COVID 19 virus to make this truth evident! Each one of us, I am certain, has experienced trials, tribulations and “troubles” in this world. But this virus certainly serves as a good reminder of this universal truth, does it not?
However, there is good news! There is hope! Even in the midst of all of this! For Jesus went on to say, “But take heart! I have overcome the world” (John 16:33b). Yes, that is a very much needed encouragement from the eternal Son of God. That might lead you to ask, how did Jesus “overcome the world”? He did it by His Passion! As he was persecuted and suffered under Pontius Pilate; as He was crucified, dead and buried. At that moment in time, it appeared that all hope was lost! Jesus, the Teacher, the Messiah, the one who claimed Divinity, was dead… “sealed in the cold, dark tomb”. All of His disciples, except a few of the women, had fled and were in hiding. Trouble? Trouble doesn’t seem to be adequate in describing that scene on Good Friday and Silent Saturday. But of course, we know, that was not the final act or the last word!!! For on that first Resurrection/Easter Sunday, Jesus “overcame the world”! “Up from the Grave He arose… with a mighty triumph o’re His foes”! Yes, Jesus defeated all of our enemies (sin, death, Hell and Satan), and His resurrection from the dead proved it!!!
I don’t know what the future holds. But I am confident I know the One who holds our futures, and all of His people in the palm of His hands (cf. John 10:10)!!! And that is some very Good News!!! As we continue the Season of Lent… with our face, along with Jesus’, “set towards Jerusalem”, may we be reminded of His great love for us! So much so that, “even while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us”!
Peace in Jesus’ Name,