Our Pandemic Easter


“And behold, Jesus met them and said, ‘Greetings!’ And they came up and took hold of his feet and worshiped him(Matthew 28:9 ESV).

I’ll bet they did because that’s what wonder does; it leads us to worship. Now we can’t physically see Jesus, and for some people today, this makes this all very suspect. Yet we can see him with eyes of faith—in a way, like I see Abraham Lincoln or Winston Churchill—I see them through the accounts of their lives. I’ve never met them, but that doesn’t mean that the Gettysburg Address or London Blitz didn’t happen.

We see through the eyewitness accounts. We see through their objective re-telling with the eyes of faith. Like Mary Magdalene and Peter and even the Centurion, we believe Jesus was who he claimed to be, the Son of God and the Savior of the world.

We would never worship a dead Savior. Anyone could make that claim. But a risen-from-the-dead Savior, I’ll bow at his feet.

How do we worship him? It begins with acknowledging that we are morally bankrupt. When I see myself as a sinner, I see my need for a Savior. That’s not a hard step for most people. If you’re like me, I don’t need someone to tell me I’m a sinner; I’m just tired of being one. Where do I turn for help?

The religions of the world all encourage you to do something to earn it. All of them but one. Christianity says, stop trying to earn it; you can’t. Jesus did what you could never do with his death on the cross. Receive his salvation by faith.

“But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God” (John 1:12).

What is there to receive by faith? The person and work of Jesus. His love for you. Trusting in who he was as the Son of God and what he did dying on the cross for our sins. To those who believe in His name. When we believe, God meets our moral and spiritual need by forgiving our sins and declaring us righteous before God forever.

If you have not received this salvation through Christ, what better day than pandemic Easter to put your faith and trust in Christ for salvation?

Scripture quotations are taken from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Permanent Text Edition® (2016). Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.

© 2020 by Steve DeWitt. You are permitted and encouraged to reproduce and distribute this material in any format provided that: (1) you credit the author, (2) any modifications are clearly marked, (3) you do not charge a fee beyond the cost of reproduction, (4) you include Bethel’s website address (www.bethelweb.org) on the copied resource.

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