By Ben Pitney, Lead Pastor at Vail Christian Church
The coronavirus (COVID-19) is a real reminder that we live in a fallen world of sickness, sin, heartbreak, and death. Actually, none of us are immune to any of these things. But there is good news and a great message available to us. God has not left us alone in this world. He has come to us in the person of Jesus. The best news in all the world is that Jesus lived a sinless life, died on a cross to pay for our sins, and rose from the grave in victory over death. Now everyone anywhere who turns from their sin and trusts in Jesus will be forgiven and restored to a right relationship with God forever. That means that through Jesus, we never have to fear sickness or death because we know we have lasting life with God.
These are times that remind us of how fragile life is. So cling to the most excellent news that death has been defeated, and real life is available to all who trust in Jesus. In addition to trusting in Jesus, here are some ways we can all respond to the coronavirus (COVID-19): Trust in the Lord as the good and sovereign Creator. He is the sustainer of life, and we can all depend on Him. Pray for mercy, for the sick, effectiveness for doctors, insight for researchers, and wisdom for officials and leaders. Look for openings in your daily life to love and care for others, whether they are sick, isolated, marginalized, weak, or oppressed. Avoid every semblance of racism or prejudice in your words and your actions. Even if we are unable to gather at certain times over these next few weeks and even months, stay closely connected to a church family. Gather in smaller groups as appropriate, and participate in worship gatherings online if that’s the only option. Vail Christian would love for you to check us out online or in person. www.vailchristian.com