As we look forward hopefully to the lifting of the Covid restrictions, which started just over a year ago, we are certainly looking forward to there being life after the pandemic. We want to get back to some kind of normality.
Many want to get back to the way things were.
But, will we? Is that ever possible?
Unexpected events have a way of changing things. Jesus followers certainly felt like that when He was condemned and crucified 2000 years ago on a Roman cross just outside Jerusalem. All their hopes and dreams died with Him on that cross. "We had hoped", they said, but they didn't hope any longer. How they wanted to be able to go back to the way things were just a few days before.
At least that's what they wanted until, something happened they could hardly believe. They saw Him alive after He had died. Mary saw Him first near the empty tomb. Then some of the other women saw Him. Then Peter saw Him, dear Peter who had been so afraid for his own safety, after Jesus was arrested that he even denied that he ever knew Him. Then also Jesus appeared to all the apostles and then later to more than 500 of His followers.
When Peter and the others started preaching about Jesus' resurrection a short time later, the authorities could do nothing to stop it. Everyone knew where the empty tomb was but nobody knew where Jesus' body was and it was never found. People began to believe that what the disciples were saying was true. Jesus had really risen from the dead. That's one reason why the gospel spread across the Roman world over the years that followed, one reason why we came to mark time by His birth: BC and AD. Jesus had actually risen from the dead. That's what Christians celebrate at Easter.
It was exactly what Jewish prophets had predicted centuries before, that God would send the Saviour who would suffer ("the Man of sorrows"). He would suffer in the place of sinners ("He was wounded for our transgressions"). He would die in their place and then be brought back to life. His victory over death would win for all who would come to trust in Him a new life, a changed life in this world and then a new life after death.
Sin has ruined just about everything in this world. But God is preparing a new world for all who will turn from sin and trust in the Saviour, Jesus Christ and follow him as Lord. It's not just the pandemic that has ruined things. A world out of harmony with its Creator has ruined everything. But God has made a way to put things right through this Saviour who has lived and died and risen from death.
The pandemic has ruined life for many people. In some ways we will never be able to go back to the way things were. But we can go ahead into a new life and the new world God is preparing that is far better. For all who will turn from sin, from all the Bible calls wrong, and turn to Him and ask His mercy and forgiveness then what has been ruined can be put right.
"For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life."
Yes there is life after the pandemic, life now and after death, real life, eternal life for all who will turn to Christ and seek Him for it. Will you?
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