It’s hard not to be glued to the TV, radio, computer or smartphone these days. COVID-19 has captured and held the world’s attention.
Some folks have shared with me that they have found following the news stressful, and have limited their exposure to it. I think that is wise. The constant flow of bad news can be demoralizing and depressing.
A better alternative is tuning into some good news — not just any good news, but the ultimate good news. Last Sunday, Christians around the world celebrated Easter, the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
The resurrection is not just a story about an ancient man who died and came back to life. The resurrection of Jesus was a gift for all humanity, a gift for you!
Through the resurrection of Jesus, God forgave the sin of the world, defeated death and promised eternal life to all who believe it. That COVID-19 prevents Christians in this land from gathering in church through the seven Sundays of Easter season does not -- nor can anything -- diminish the power of God’s promise fulfilled through the resurrection of Christ.
Hear the words of St Paul:“For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8: 38-39)
Trust in the Easter promise!
-Thomas Keeley Benediction Lutheran Church