Our Hope

During this siege of COVID-19, if you’re like me, you feel that too much change has happened at once, and there is an underlying fear that nothing is ever going to be the same again. We’re embarking on a new normal than isn’t normal at all. The future is murky and uncertain because we don’t know when all this will end.

            We have an invisible enemy. As of now, there are no weapons to kill it. All we can do it shield ourselves from it or fight through it and hope for the best. Until a vaccine is found, it will be the ever-present stalker seeking to rob us of life, make us ill or unknowingly carry it to infect others. A horror movie come to life.

             With all the change and fear this virus has brought into our world, there is one thing that we can count on to bring hope and stability that is never-changing – Jesus Christ. He is the same person He was in 33 AD as He is today and will be in the future. Jesus, the Son of God, came from Heaven to live on this Earth in human form and experienced birth, life and death. He understands us because He was us.

            This Easter week is a good time to reflect on Jesus and His life and the hope He offers us. After all, He loved each person on this earth so much that He took on our sins (past, present and future for each person that ever lived) and died a criminal’s death on a cross. 

      Can you imagine the love He must feel for us to do something like that? Add His love for us to the physical pain and humiliation He felt hanging on that cross. And He had to endure God His Father turning His back on Him because He couldn’t look at the sin that Jesus took on for us. Yet, Jesus cried out, “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do!”

     Jesus had no business hanging on that cross. He committed no crime. He went around doing good deeds and healing not only the physical body, but the spiritual one as well. As a matter of fact, spiritual healing is His specialty. Jesus taught goodness, love and how to live a life pleasing to God the Father. He not only taught it, but He lived it here on earth – sinless and perfect which is hard for us to imagine because all humans sin and certainly aren’t perfect.

            He still loves us that much today. It hasn’t changed. He loves us with an everlasting love. His desire for every person is that they come to the cross, accept His forgiveness and put to death our “me” and take on His “we”. Then we can have a new hope for our future.

            The reason we have this hope when we trust in Jesus, is that His life didn’t end on the cross. They buried Him in a tomb and three days later, He rose from the dead and was walking and talking to people. Death couldn’t hold Him. There is nothing Jesus cannot overcome. When we have faith in Him, we become overcomers, too.

He wants us to trust Him in our life’s journey and into eternity. All He requires from us is faith. He’ll give us the strength we need to live the life and overcome obstacles and triumph in trials. He is the hope we need right now in the middle of this pandemic. Jesus knows what’s best for us. There’s so much more to our lives than we can see. Jesus sees our future through the eyes of eternity while we can only see the here and now.

            Trusting Jesus doesn’t mean our lives will be perfect or free from troubles. But we can count on Jesus to be there with us through all life’s battles and triumphs because He’s a constant in this ever-changing world. The Bible is clear about who Jesus is, and His message remains the same as it was in times past, now and forever. 

            Celebrate and have hope for He has Risen!

But when they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had been rolled away. As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe sitting on the right side, and they were alarmed.  “Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him. Matthew 16:4-6