Covid – why has God allowed this to happen? My simplistic answer is that we’re being taught we have to recognise our mortality and our limits. Those are both very important points.
The covid crisis has brought home to us, we aren’t in charge of things. Essentially we have to recognise our limitations, and there are certain things that we just don’t seem to be able to do. That’s a daunting challenge to many people who think in very technocratic ways; assuming we can sort everything out.
We are learning about how to be living in hope; and that hope begins and ends with the Gospel.
We are confronted with something that is bigger than us, and it makes us realise that we are not as competent and powerful as we thought we were. It’s also made us focus on the importance of our mortality, and brought home to us that actually, none of us is safe. What’s more, we have to live life in that very shadow of mortality. We are learning about how to be living in hope; and that hope begins and ends with the Gospel. More than facing the issues of mortality the gospel clears away the debris of disqualifications; our guilt, shame, unrighteousness, misdemeanors, recalcitrance and hubris (Yes, I did choose those last two words myself!)
In Ephesians 1:18-19, Paul prayed for the Ephesians to comprehend how great God’s power was in their lives. In fact, he says the power is “incomparably great,” meaning that there is no power like it (v. 19). The gospel, staring unwaveringly and straight into the face of death, trials and persecution, stirs us to worship God; and stirs us powerfully to share the good news about him with others. The commission is a challenge, but it is what God wants, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.”
Here’s what to tell them
It’s like Jesus was saying, “You’ve seen what I have done, what I am doing, what I am like and what I am capable of, regardless of how impossible things may seem – now go and tell everyone about me and what I can do with, in and through them!”(Mark 16:15) “Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, cast out demons.” (Matthew 10:8) These activities follow the announcing, declaring or preaching of the Word of God (the Gospel) and depict the awesome extent of God’s power.
So, what is this Gospel, that is so enmeshed in all of the life of the church? Simply put, it is that:
God has a plan for our lives, but we have lived life according to our own plan, and this has disconnected us from God and we have put a huge amount of effort into trying to make life make sense – but life only makes sense when God is in the centre. There’s nothing we can do to make life make sense or get God in. 2,000 years ago, Jesus came down to planet earth, Showed us what God wants to do in our lives by living and demonstrating God’s power, God’s love. Then he took the punishment for the wrong of the whole world, came back alive and today, we simply need to say, “yes” to God to start that next critical part of our journey with him. You will be amazed at how effective we can be at communicating the gospel if we try.
Keeping things simple takes the pressure off us. If you have been a Christian for a few years, you will have listened to hundreds of sermons. You know your stuff – you just lack a clear, simple way of saying it!
Sometimes we can be in such a rush to get every point across, that we get nothing across. People often need steps into a relationship with the Lord.
The gospel causes us to worship because when we tell it to ourselves, it reminds us of the extreme lengths God went through to ensure our relationship with him. What needs to be done on God’s side is done – it is finished! (John 19:30)
By sacrificing His life as payment for our sin, reconciling us with God so that our relationship with Him is restored and unshakeable, we share eternity with Him instead. It’s the best news ever and extends to anyone who trust in Jesus as their Lord, the promise of a never-ending future with God, to be with Him forever.
Sorry, Please & thank you!
In case you are reading this and you don’t follow Jesus but you would like to the easiest way start your adventure is to say sorry, please and thank you.
“Lord, Jesus Christ, I am sorry for the things I have done wrong in my life. Please forgive me. I now turn from everything which I know is wrong. Thank You that You died on the cross for me so that I could be forgiven and set free.
Thank You that You offer me forgiveness and the gift of Your Spirit. I now receive that gift. Please come into my life by Your Holy Spirit to be with me forever. Thank You, Lord Jesus. Amen.”
If you have read that and made it your prayer, find a church near you and tell them your news! They will be greatly encouraged! Don’t be afraid to have a look at the other churches to find one that you can call, “home.”
I am a member of New Frontiers family of churches, and I have been attending most of my life. This blog is intended to make you think about being a follower of Jesus, but if you are curious about Church then feel free to contact me for a chat. I hope you have enjoyed reading!