2020 – More than just a new year

There is so much happening that I cannot focus on what I want to say.  When I think of something I am sure that it will be good.  OK – here we go.

We are living in a new era, in unprecedented times and that means “opportunity”. The opportunity to do something new or to start something new that no one has ever done before.  Now they have to follow in your footsteps.  Coronavirus (COVID-19) has come and not one person knows how long it will stay.  In order for us to find a vaccine things have to happen so that we can move forward in that direction. That means if people have to die from the virus then let it happen so we can get the statistics and find a way to stop this from spreading.  If we have to continually fail at coming up with a vaccine then we are that much closer to succeeding to that end.

We hear constantly, “Peoples lives are going to be changed”, “This is going to change the way we do things”, or “We will get through this together”, etc….  That is all fine and dandy but those statements are all futuristic.  They all have a bent toward the future but it has not been written.  There is one thing that we do know – “History HAS already been written and will never change but it can have an effect on the future.”  

Now that we have laid the groundwork, how about Christianity?  What does this say about the work of Jesus and the mission He had to complete?  It begins with His birth and then His life and teaching and it continues with the crucifixion(His death on the cross)and the Resurrection.  So He is alive and His work is not over.  Let me explain this – the mission that Jesus came to fulfill is complete.  When He died on the cross and rose from the dead, this was the commencement of a new type of forgiveness and the restoration of  man from death by sin.  Once Jesus Christ is accepted into someones heart they are no longer shackled to the hold that sin has on them.  He opened the gates that were locked and gaurded by angels with firey swords.  The gates to Paradise are now open to those who have taken that leap of “faith” and made Jesus their Lord and King.  That is why He sent the Paraclete.  It is His job to contiue to teach the meaning of Jesus’ work and to transform hearts and corral His children for life in Paradise.  Eternal life with Jesus Christ(2Chronicles 16:9) “For the eyes of the Lord range throughout thee earth, to strenghten those who’s heart are fully committed to Him.” If it were not for those two events then Christianity would be a joke and have no meaning.  

So what about the future?  For the Christian, it is certain.  We know how it ends and where we are going.  So the events here are inconsequential?  No!  They are signs of what we need to do to be prepared when He comes again.  Things like ‘who has not accepted Jesus Christ, who needs to hear the good news about Jesus – EVERYONE, what is the Christian world view’ only to name a few.