There are problems that can’t be fixed. Moments that can’t be recovered. And times you want to shout from the rooftop so everyone can hear. This morning as I made coffee, in thinking about mundane and ordinary tasks, even as the coronavirus seems to be running our lives, I overheard myself ask, “So what does Jesus have to do with this? How does the gospel apply to coronavirus? Social distancing? Climbing domestic violence and abuse rates?
Jesus comes with comfort, compassion, and care. To know that when you are in the darkest place, the most alone, afraid, uncertain, and unseen, Someone is there; to know that, in that moment, you are not alone, is to seek Jesus. To be aware of His presence, tears, sacrifice and absolute love, is to find rest.
God’s love in Christ is all about giving His best when you and I are at our worst. His love is pure–without selfishness, pride, anger, manipulation, withholding, planning, plotting, fear. Such love is a piece of Heaven. Such love should be found among His people. It’s a test, actually. Jesus said, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:34-35).
So if you aren’t experiencing acceptance and a place of quiet rest, you haven’t found Jesus in the flesh yet. Because that’s who Jesus is. That’s how He responds. That’s what you will find.
Today, if you are looking for and needing the gift of God’s pure, free, unlimited love, look to Jesus. Lose yourself in His sacrificial death for your sin. Bask in the grace that took all your punishment and gives you the gift of His righteousness–total, complete, filling every nook and cranny of your heart, mind, and being. You can belong to Him. Even in the midst of the coronavirus. Even in the darkest, most alone, difficult place.
Here’s one of my favorite childhood songs–it sticks in my head as a comfort and perhaps it will do the same for you: