It appears that politicians, health officials and the general public are increasingly worried about the spread of the coronavirus. And rightly so. Yet, as believers we should not be surprised by the advent of such new ‘super-bugs, nor should we panicked.
At the end of his earthly ministry, Jesus sat on the Mount of Olives with his disciples. There they asked him; “What sign will signal your return and the end of the world?” Jesus told them Jesus told them, “Don’t let anyone mislead you, for many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah.’ They will deceive many. And you will hear of wars and threats of wars, but don’t panic. Yes, these things must take place, but the end won’t follow immediately. Nation will go to war against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in many parts of the world. But all this is only the first of the birth pains, with more to come.” Jesus goes on to speak about persecution and betrayal, before adding “And the Good News about the Kingdom will be preached throughout the whole world, so that all nations[c] will hear it; and then the end will come.”
Now I am aware that Jesus doesn’t list viruses in his list of calamities. However, he does make it clear that things will get worse, before they get better. Therefore, I encourage you to heed his advice not to ‘panic’. Instead, let us ensure that we remain motivated in order to proclaim the Good news of the kingdom.
Yours and His, Gareth
(Quotes taken from Matthew 24:3-14)