Fear. Uncertainty. Panic. These are just a few of the many human reactions to the Coronavirus that is affecting our world in unprecedented ways. Add to this our own personal trials that are affecting our ability to cope with life, and we wonder how we can possibly survive an international health crisis amidst our daily struggle to endure what is already overwhelming us. Bad news, indeed.
But there is good news for us in the midst of it all. Jesus is alive and well in the world! And because He is, we do not need to fear these uncertain times. The Christian hymn Because He Lives perfectly sums up the “good news” we need to hear and know. Ponder the first two stanzas:
God sent His son, they called Him Jesus;
He came to love, heal and forgive;
He lived and died to buy my pardon;
An empty grave is there to prove my Savior lives!
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!
What good news – no, great news – this is! Because Jesus lives, and because “He holds the future,” we do not fret and worry as those who have no hope. The world is full of people who live without the understanding and personal experience of salvation in Jesus. But for those of us who know Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we do not fear as the world fears. We do not panic in uncertain times but find our peace in Jesus.
Because the grave has no hold on Jesus and He has conquered death, His resurrection life is proof that He lives. And because He lives, we “can face tomorrow.” Because He lives, “life is worth the living” no matter what personal suffering or world crisis we encounter. Yes, the future is always uncertain, but our certainty is in Jesus who “holds the future.” Our hope and peace are not in circumstances but in Jesus, and we can trust the future to Him!
In God’s divine love,