God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8
There’s plenty of bad news stories going around. You flick on the television or pick up your phone and there it is. Sickness, panic, isolation. In all of this, how we long for a good news story: "The virus is over!" "Businesses are back on their feet" "Life can go back to normal". We want someone to come in and save the day. The truth is, someone already has.
While our whole world is waiting for the COVID-19 crisis to end, we have news about not only the end of sickness, but the end of sin, death, and evil: while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
COVID-19 makes the Gospel picture clear: there’s something wrong with this world. We all rebel against the God who made us. As a result, this world is not as it should be. We desperately need someone to fix not only our broken world but us!
God loves us so much that even when our backs were turned on Him, He intervened. He sent His son, Jesus, to take the punishment we deserved. His just judgment is turned away from us because it was put onto Jesus. Sin is dealt with at the cross.
Then, Jesus rose again from the dead in victory over death. In Christ, we are forgiven by God, completely. We are accepted as His precious children. We’re given a restored relationship with the God who loves us which will last forever—through viruses, job-loss, and even death.
One day, we will see the full effect of what Jesus has done because He will come back and right all that is wrong with our world, making all things new, forever. This is the good news our hurting world really needs to hear.
Child of God, you have the remedy for our anxious hearts and our sin-sick world! You know what God has done about the suffering of the world. You know the solution is Jesus and the free gift of forgiveness and the new life He offers.
The people around you might be scared about the future. They might be angry or hurt. With love and gentleness, share the good news of Jesus. Show them the difference He makes in your own life.
Pray that God would use COVID-19 to empower his Church to spread the good news our world desperately needs: while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.