May 11

MAY 11
by Rick Mark
And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’
Acts 2:21 NIV
 
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
1 Peter 1:3 NIV
 
Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus,
Romans 8:1 NIV
 
Shortly removed from our Easter celebration, the New Testament verses above give us continued reason for hope during this “shelter at home” period of our lives. Being recently laid off (COVID-19 caused) and now restrained from going out in the world, like many, I have had more time than usual to be pensive. And that certainly is not a bad thing.

Personally, I believe “new birth through the resurrection of Jesus Christ” is the heart of our faith. As we live in Christ, we are a new creation. We have new hope and are no longer ruled by sin. We are no longer “condemned” but are freed from the bondages of sin. We are free to begin our walk with Christ and compelled to share this good news for those who await this gift. We are overjoyed by the simplicity of our witness. Salvation comes to those who call on Jesus name. God has made it easy. We make it difficult.

The coronavirus entering our world is a significant event and most likely will be one of the great markers of time. It has truly been a destructive event. However, good has also come from this time. Creation is repairing itself. Families are spending more time together. The pace of life has slowed. God’s rule has been abundantly clear over the past several weeks. We have an opportunity to re-calibrate, to start anew with many things in our world. Those of us who are people of faith also have a chance to re-calibrate and to start anew.

Personally, my devotional time has never been stronger. Please take this unique time in history to make your faith stronger as well.

Dear Jesus, we call upon your name to receive your salvation. All other gifts pale in comparison. One day we will look back on this experience and rejoice in your glory and healing. May we be filled with joy as we soon will remember the hope, peace and great revival that came out of this season. Thank you for the saving gift of eternal life by your death on the cross. Your will be done. Amen.

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