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THE UNSHAKEABLE GOSPEL

What a crazy time we’re living in right now. There’s honestly not another word for it. The days we’re living through is the kind of stuff they put into history books and we’ll tell our grandkids about.

Since working from home like a lot of us, I’ve realized why dogs get so excited to go outside on walks. It feels like such a privilege just to go outside and walk around the neighborhood.

There are a lot of small things that you just didn’t realize we would miss … like haircuts. A lot of us are starting to feel the need for something as simple as a haircut. By the way, it’s going to be awesome to see all of those homemade, Tiger-King-looking haircuts when we all get to be together again.

But, I also know that the Coronavirus has impacted all of our lives. And for some of us, life has been significantly changed.

There are a lot of things that have been put on pause the past few weeks – like going to school, seeing your friends, family trips, and seeing extended family. And, what about just going to the parks and beaches?

Add to that a lot of things that’ve been canceled. Who would’ve thought high school seniors wouldn’t get to experience senior prom? Or, that March Madness, which was played even through War War II, would be canceled for the first time in history?

Then there are a lot of things that are uncertain. Like our health and our family’s health. Will your job be affected? What about graduation, the economy, and college football? Okay, some are more important than others.

But you see, all these things you and I thought we would experience, or never thought to worry about, are gone this year. For many of us, it never crossed our minds that something like this could take away so much of what we planned and expected.

As we look to Easter this week, I’m reminded that there is one thing that the virus can’t touch – it’s the unshakeable hope that Easter brings.

The Apostle Paul learned something about this – it was his essential message – the Easter message of the death of the Lord Jesus and His victory over the grave. It’s what gave him an unshakeable hope that could never be taken away.

“Now I want to make clear for you, brothers and sisters, the gospel I preached to you, which you received, on which you have taken your stand.”  – 1 Corinthians 15:1 (CSB)

This gospel message is the one thing the Coronavirus can’t touch – and it’s the thing we can hold on to and build our lives on.

“For I passed on to you as most important what I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, and that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the Twelve.”  – 1 Corinthians 15:3-5 (CSB)

On the cross Jesus did for you and I what we could never do for ourselves. He lived the perfect life – a life that deserved no punishment, penalty, or condemnation. Then He suffered the penalty of sin – death – in your place and mine. This gospel is the life-changing good news of “Jesus in my place” on the cross.

Through the good news of Easter our pasts can be forgiven, His presence with us is promised, and we’re assured our future is secure forever and ever with Him in eternity.

The Coronavirus may disrupt our plans, but it can never mess up God’s plan for our lives.

The Coronavirus can take away some really important sources of happiness, but it can never steal the unstoppable joy that comes from knowing Christ.

The Coronavirus may separate us through social distancing from our loved ones, but it can never separate us from the love of God.

The Coronavirus may affect our health, but never our heavenly home.

That’s good news.

So, the “happenings” of Easter will look different this year, but what “happened” on Easter 2,000 years ago can never be taken away.

That’s something we should build our lives on.

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