As Easter closes out today, I look back on an Easter unlike any other in my lifetime. There was no sunrise service (although some did gather and stay in their cars). There was no day filled with extended families gathered watching the little ones hunt Easter eggs. There were no Easter outfits worn to church. We all sheltered-in-place as we continue to ride out the storm of COVID19.
Many this evening dread tomorrow. Many are paralyzed with fear. Perhaps their company is looking at layoffs. Maybe they already lost their job. Many have no idea what is next. Some can't even think past the next bill of groceries, or the electric bill, or maybe just staying dry in a season of homelessness. Many of the fearful are believers. They have placed their trust in Jesus Christ. John the Baptist did. While baptizing people in the Jordan River, Jesus came close and John the Baptist proclaimed "Behold, the Lamb of God!" (John 1:29) You see John has been sent to prepare the way for Jesus and now here He was. What an incredibly exciting time that must have been for John! Yet, all would not be as assured in the future. The arrival of Jesus also meant that John's ministry would start winding down. Soon, after putting King Herod in his place, he found himself in prison facing execution (Matthew 14). This man, who Jesus later said that no one greater than John had ever lived, now sat lonely in a most likely feces laden dungeon questioning everything. What had gone wrong? How could this be? John then took a bold step to get his answers. He sent two disciples to Jesus and, as told in Luke 7:18-23: "Then the disciples of John reported to him concerning all these things. And John, calling two of his disciples to him, sent them to Jesus, saying, “Are You the Coming One, or do we look for another?” When the men had come to Him, they said, “John the Baptist has sent us to You, saying, ‘Are You the Coming One, or do we look for another?’ ” And that very hour He cured many of infirmities, afflictions, and evil spirits; and to many blind He gave sight. Jesus answered and said to them, “Go and tell John the things you have seen and heard: that the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, the poor have the gospel preached to them. And blessed is he who is not offended because of Me.” Luke 7:18-23 NKJV Drastic for sure but John had to know. He had to know his faith was well-grounded. Jesus spoke from Isaiah 61 assuring John that, indeed, He was the messiah. I know many today are full of fear. This deadly disease has the simplistic of tasks transform into a herculean event. Going to the grocery store is no easy task now. What are we to do? Even our best wisdom is challenged. Like John, many are unsure. Many are fearful. Many do not have any idea what lies ahead. Finally, some wonder if Jesus really will really look after them. Can they really trust Him? Is He aware of what is happening? The real question they all ask "Will He forsake me?" The answer today is the same now as it was for John then. You need to look no further. Your trust is well-founded. He wasn't surprised by some virus out of China. He wasn't surprised by the shelter-in-house orders. He wasn't surprised by the job losses or the pain or the fear. If I know one thing about our Lord it is that He is faithful! The path and answers may not always look like what we expect but His ways are not our ways. He sees from such a different perspective. Scripture declares that He works ALL things for the good of those that love Him and are called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28). Draw close to Him and He has promised He will draw close to you (James 4:8). Meditate on what He has already done and watch your faith skyrocket!
Finally, I would be amiss if I didn't ask those that don't know Jesus as their Savior if they would trust Him? In this day and time is there anything that you knew a few months ago to be true that still is? He is true! He is faithful. You may still go through storms but you won't go through them alone. You would then find that He, and He alone, can say "Peace, Be still" and while the storm around you rages it ceases inside of you. Trust Him. If I can help you at all please reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.