30th June 2020

Our Covid-19 Saviour 

“We don’t have a priest who is out of touch with our reality. He’s been through weakness and testing, experienced it all…”
Hebrews 4:15 (Message Bible)
 

As we slowly come out of lockdown how do you feel?  Has it been a real battle to stay sane, as it has been for some people?  Various authorities have emphasised the mental state of many people and are fearful of the outcome for these individuals.  Some, sadly, have taken their own lives.  Where is Jesus in all of this?

Think about it. Jesus, firstly had to self isolate on this earth as a new born baby. Read Revelation 4 to see what the throne in heaven is like which he had to leave—a glorious place of praise, worship and happiness.  He left all this to come to this earth as a new born, helpless baby, not just for a few months, but to live for 33 years before his crucifixion.  As he grew he was able to have ‘telephone’ contact with his father, but was not able to visit him.

People during the pandemic are not able to attend funerals. Jesus had his share of sadness when he was not able to be with his cousin, John the Baptist, when he was beheaded in prison and buried at the command of Herod (Matthew 14 NIV).  Nor at the death and burial of his friend Lazarus (John 11), although later he did raise him from the dead.

Compared to how far he must have travelled previously, after becoming human, he was restricted on how far he could journey each day before he had to stop and sleep in order to be refreshed.

He experienced times of loneliness such as when his disciples didn’t stay awake when he was crying out to his Father for strength just before he was crucified (Matthew 26:36-45).  Then, on the cross he cried to God, “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?” (Mathew 27:46).  He felt God had left him, just as we do sometimes, yet at the same time we know he said, “I’ll never let you down, never walk off and leave you”  (Hebrews 13:5).

We read of adults and children starving in countries such as India where they lived day by day on their daily income, which they no longer receive.  Jesus fasted 40 days and 40 nights.  I like the way Luke puts it, “…and at the end he was hungry” (Luke 4:2).  He certainly would have been!

When he was on the cross gasping for breath, which is what happens in crucifixion, there was no ventilator to help him out.

Recently we have seen great rejoicing by some as they have been able to see and touch and hug their loved ones for the first time for 3 months, or  more. Thinking about the throne of God mentioned above in Revelation 4, imagine the rejoicing in heaven when Jesus returned after 33 years (Mark 16:19) having suffered the restrictions and symptoms of Covid-19.

Yes, he experienced it all to save humanity from ourselves.

Prayer
Thank you, Father and Jesus that we have a High Priest who can understand what we humans experience  in our daily walk with you. Then, because of that experience, can understand the ups and downs in our lives which can encourage us  to look forward to the time of our rejoicing when we meet you face to face.
Amen

Study by David Bedford

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About the Author:
David Bedford is an Elder and Pastors the Manchester congregation of the Worldwide Church of God UK, part of Grace Communion International UK, chairing the Pastoral Council there. He also conducts a monthly house church meeting in Blackpool. Please contact David for dates and venue.

Local Congregation:
Worldwide Church of God Manchester
St. Andrew’s Church
Woodward Road
Carr Clough
Prestwich
MANCHESTER
M25 9TY

Meeting Time:
Saturday 2pm

Local Congregational Contact:
David Bedford
Email:  david.bedford@wcg.org.uk