April 14 Home Communicator -It wasn’t the usual Easter Sunday this year. We didn’t get to go to our church and celebrate the resurrection of Jesus with our church family. We did not gather with our extended family to eat a meal, or watch the kids running around hunting for Easter eggs. There is a big life event that is causing disruption and changing the course of what we anticipate for this time.
I can’t help but think that Jesus’ disciples experienced similar feelings on that first Easter weekend. They gave up their careers and families to follow Jesus. They believed He would be their Messiah and free them from the oppression of Roman rule. So when they woke up Sunday morning, with their leader crucified, all they could see was this huge event that caused total disruption and altered the course of what they had anticipated.
While there is no way to compare the coronavirus to the death and resurrection of Jesus, we can think about a God who takes horrible situations and molds them into His will. Jesus may never have physically overthrown the Roman Empire, but he did take every sin ever committed and nailed it to the cross. He bought our salvation in a mighty and final victory over sin and death. If he can do that, I believe He is working during this time as well. We are mourning the loss of physical school together, sporting events or concerts that never took place, vacations that were canceled, family gatherings and birthday parties just to name a few. However, I have also seen and heard stories of the body of Christ writing encouraging notes, creating beautiful chalk art, sending uplifting emails, and praying countless prayers. We serve a powerful God, let’s trust He will waste nothing and do more than we could ask or imagine in these coming weeks!
Justin Knot, Middle School Principal