Take Heart This Easter

Take Heart This Easter

I think it’s safe to say that 2020 has already proven to be a year the world will always remember.

The year of COVID-19, social distancing, and handwashing.

The year in which our children had to be homeschooled for the better part of the second semester.

The year in which small businesses struggled to remain open and many people lost their jobs.

It Is undeniable that 2020 has turned many of our lives upside down, leaving us gasping for air.

The year that was supposed to provide us with crystal clear vision has instead left us feeling blurred and confused. In times like these, it is so important to remember what is written in John 16:33: “I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”

Jesus has overcome the world. He tells us this so that we “may have peace” in Him. Even in the midst of the current pandemic that the entire world is facing, we as believers can have peace. We know that our Father has conquered the grave and will never leave our side.

This Easter will be unlike any other Easter we have experienced. Families will attend church online and spend time with their loved ones via FaceTime. Kids will hunt for Easter eggs in groups of 10 or less, and practically the entire world will be worshipping from a safe distance.

The one thing that remains constant is that this Easter marks the day that Jesus Christ rose from the dead. It is finished! The tomb is empty, and He is ALIVE!

Let us all share the peace that we have received because of our Savior on this day. Let us show others how to live in harmony even when there is an unseen enemy lurking in the darkness. We worship a God who has overcome the world. Let us stand up and praise His name this Easter, loud enough for the neighbors to hear it!

Things will eventually feel normal again. We will tell future generations about the year of COVID-19. We will tell them about all of the hardships and sorrows that the pandemic brought us. But then we will tell them that we overcame, just as our Father in heaven overcame. We will tell them that the year 2020 was in fact exactly what you would expect it to be—the year in which God provided His people crystal clear vision for what it means to have faith.

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