Renewing our view
It’s the middle of Easter week, but on the surface, it doesn’t seem like it. There aren’t the usual reminders of stores with their shelves piled high with chocolate bunnies, peeps, Easter baskets and grass, and toys and candy in all shades of pastels. I suppose you can find all the commercial goods if you can to look for them. Even if we are isolating ourselves as we should in this situation, the internet has it all at our fingertips. But I’d like to challenge you, even as we struggle to find normalcy in the upheaval caused by COVID-19, to embrace the “different,” the interruption we’ve all had to life as normal. Find the treasures in the pile of trash. Take my husband for example. He is the eternal optimist, always finding the best in any situation. Since the start of his working at home he has been unbelievably productive. Without his usual commute he has gained two hours a day and he is transforming our home and yard. He’s torn out grass and dug up the entire back yard sprinkler system, put in the new system, weeded, planted trees and bushes, organized our garage, and he’s still going. Talk about making the most of moment! We have all gained extra time from the crisis at hand. Rather than spending the time listening to all the hysteria and allowing fear to control our thoughts and actions, seize the opportunities presented. And let’s start with this week, Easter week. This week memorializes the most significant week in all of history. All the gospels, indeed, all of Scripture, point to the events of Easter week:
“I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between our offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise you head, and you shall bruise his heel.” (Gen. 3:15)
“and in your offspring shall all the nations of the earth be blessed,” (Gen. 22:17)
“For I know that my redeemer lives, and at the last he will stand upon the earth.” (Job 19:25)
“But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed. (Isaiah 53:5)
“and was declared to be the Son of God in power according to the Spirit of Holiness by his resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord,” (Rom. 1:4)
“Now is my soul troubled. And what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? But for this purpose I have come to this hour. (John 12:27)
“For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures…And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain.” (1 Cor. 15:3, 4, 14)
These are just a few of the many verses in Scripture pointing to the cross and the resurrection. If the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus are so central to our faith, why do we only ponder their meaning one week out of the year?
My challenge to you this week, and for the duration of our isolation period; develop the habit of coming back to the truth and the wonder of the gospel, make it the central focus of your heart. Truly, if the God of all creation, Whose tabernacle is all of heaven, and the earth is His footstool; if He was willing to be born a mere human, live humbly among us and die a criminal’s death to purge away our sins. If He cleansed us with His blood and gave us
His own record of righteousness and makes His dwelling place within us; why would I not want to bask in this truth every day and live a life of gratitude and love toward Him?
Maybe the treasure in all this chaos is that God’s people will be renewed in their love for Him and devotion to His Word and we will really shine like lights in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation. Let’s be that light!