4/12/2020 10:11:00 AM Easter--A Little Different This Year
Dr. Stanley Spence, Pastor First Baptist Church, Lincolnton, N.C.
In this coronavirus event, we are witnessing history. We have all heard the comparisons to WWII efforts and unprecedented response and more. These descriptions are being thrown around with some confidence. It would appear there is some hope, in the near future, our home restrictions may have been effective. Some indications suggest this may be the week of peak deaths from the virus.
The actions on the part of our congregations to seek alternate ways to worship have shown leadership in our communities. By social distancing, we have obeyed authorities, saved lives and discovered new creative ways to spread the gospel of Jesus. There are still those who will declare this whole exercise was a waste of human resources. There will be those who claim the church should have continued with services. However, it is to be noted, a church service in Italy was one cause for spreading the disease so rapidly in that country through no intentional fault of their own. It would seem they knew so little of the disease when they met, it was too late for the parishioners to change their course of action. Many deaths resulted from that exposure.
Because we have taken the necessary steps to lessen the impact of the virus many lives will be saved. On the first Passover, lives were saved when the Israelites, slave residents of Egypt, marked their door mantles with the blood of the lamb. That meal was celebrated in their homes. Those who believe in the Lord Jesus are saved and will be saved on the day of their resurrection because they have trusted the blood shed for them on the cross by Jesus. It would seem the next biggest resurrection to be experienced will be the day we can return to the public church and worship.
The question is, will you be a part of the church’s resurrection when we can return? Will you make that day a priority? You can be sure we will continue to practice social distancing and we may wear masks to stay safe; but when the day of return to social worship comes, will you be with the church?
When Jesus rose from the dead, it sparked a fire the likes of which had never been seen before. When the church returns to its public mission, caring for those in need of it and sharing the good news, will you be part of it? Or, will you say, I’m behind on seeing the sights, going on vacation, or letting others take the risk first, seeing how things go or saying to yourself, “now is my chance to go shopping and beat the restaurant crowd.” Will we be a testimony to the world when we return? The question is, what will our decision tell the world about who we are as the church? Start praying now for our return to worship, whenever that will be--and know, we are in this together. We are with God and He with us.
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