In my lifetime, I have never encountered a worldwide pandemic. The word pandemic alone is enough to conjure up all sorts of fear, anxiety, doubt, and distrust. Economies crashing, coronavirus cases rising. Grocery store shelves empty, hospitals overwhelmed. Decreasing social gatherings, increasing isolation. But coronavirus isn’t the problem, death is.
In times like these, we all begin to feel how truly fragile life really is. There is something greater than us at work in the world, and we rarely are in a place where we feel this way all the time, for weeks in a row.
Normally, as Americans, we live with such ease and comfort that we are rarely exposed to death and tragedy on this scale. Even if we do, we can just change the channel and tune it out. Not this time, now its inside our own boarders.
COVID-19 seemingly has no prejudices either, as young and old are all at risk for this highly contagious and potentially fatal disease. It makes us all reflect on our own mortality in a way that we never have before. It can make us point the finger at God and ask, “why would you ever create such a thing as this?!”
The problem though isn’t coronavirus, it’s death. With COVID-19 here, death is just operating under a new name.
Normally we recognize death by names such as car accidents, cancer, and heart attacks. When we are in a place of health and wealth, these are all distant names for death, all far off from the comfortable environment that we live in.
COVID-19 just happens to bring the reality of death right to all of our doorsteps, and frankly, we don’t like. It makes us have to stop and ask ourselves, what really does happen when I die? It makes us stop and realize, no matter what happens in this life, I am going to die.
Death is the real problem, and we’re not able to fix it on our own.
It’s true, we can’t stop death from coming, and candidly, we all deserve it. We all have sinned, and we all fall short. In the Bible, in the book of Romans we read:
“None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands; no one seeks for God. All have turned aside, no one does good, not even one.” Romans 3:10-12
In and of ourselves, we’re doomed to die from our own actions. What we need is a way to overcome death. What we need is to look to the One who overcame death once and for all. I’m talking about Jesus of Nazareth, the Christ, the KING of Kings and LORD of Lords.
Jesus came and lived the perfect life that I never could, to take all of God’s wrath and death, brought on by my sin and yours, so that He could swallow up death forever on the cross, and prove His victory over death by raising Himself from the dead three days later.
Don’t want to be afraid of death anymore? Place your faith and your hope in the Risen King and you needn’t be anxious about death, again. Jesus promises life eternal forever with Him in heaven for all people who place their faith in Him, with no prejudices either. In the book of Revelation we read that there will be a multitude:
“…from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothes in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!” Revelation 7:9-10
In these difficult and uncertain times, let us also lift our hands and hearts with shouts of praises to our God and King, Jesus Christ, our Salvation and Savior! We must share this good news that death (and COVID-19) has already been defeated!