One Year Since The First COVID Lockdowns – Is There Any Hope?
As we pause and reflect on this past year as well as consider the ongoing pandemic, some may feel there is finally a slight cause for hope. But what is it we are hoping for?
Are we just hoping for this horrible virus to go away or for enough people to gain immunity? Are we hoping for life to go back to normal?
“There is nothing wrong hoping for those things; but even if that happened…there are still lots of troubles that simply will not go away.”
Other illnesses will continue to claim lives.
Death may still take a loved one or any of us at a moments notice.
And many will continue to suffer with loneliness, worry and despair.
But there is a Hope!
That hope is in Jesus Christ.
For the Christian, God speaks of this hope being “within you.”
If you are born-again and have Jesus as your Saviour, God says you will have a “living hope” that will never “fade away” in this life or for all eternity.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
1 Peter 1:3-5
To discover more about this hope, listen to a special Bible study we did one year on from the pandemic.
This picture illustrates the sad reality that we all must face someday; however, there is a glimmer of light even in a graveyard, for those who believe in the Gospel. In fact the light of the Gospel that once burned bright all across Wales is still changing people’s lives today, giving them hope beyond the grave and life worth living.
What is the Gospel?
The Gospel is truly good news; it is indeed the best news in this world because it is the answer to the world’s greatest problem. Does the world have a problem? Of course, we all know that it does. There is suffering and trouble in every part of this world; whether you look upon the troubled international scene or whether you look among your own friends and family, you will find people mistreating one another and lives permanently affected.
What is the world’s greatest problem?
The world’s greatest problem is what the Bible calls sin. Sin occurs in various forms, but essentially it is the breaking of the law. This is not simply the breaking of a nation’s laws but breaking the universal moral laws that God instituted to govern this world (1 John 3:4). When people choose to sin, they often hurt and offend other people; and unfortunately, everyone has sinned. You likely would admit that even you are not perfect; yet that implies that even you are a sinner. Sadly, we all are guilty of the world’s greatest problem. As the Bible says we “all have sinned” and the result of that is that we “have come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).
How does God play into this?
God, as the Bible teaches, is perfectly holy and just. If God ignored this problem of sin, he would be unjust, and the Bible teaches that God will not let sin go unpunished. The penalty of sin is death (Romans 6:23). After men die in this life, the Bible says there will be a judgement given and God even speaks of an eternal death in a lake of fire as the punishment for sin. (Hebrews 9:27, Revelations 20:12, 15).
Is there any way of escape?
Yes there is. God is not only the final judge of sinners; he is also the greatest friend of sinners, offering them hope not only in this world but also in the next.
Thousands of years ago, God sent his Son to come into this world and be born of a virgin. (Galatians 6:4) His name is Jesus. As God, he lived a perfectly sinless life; and yet he died the death of a criminal on the cross. This was God’s plan. What God did on the cross of Calvary was allow Jesus to suffer the punishment for our sin and to allow sinners to be made righteous, perfect, in His sight.
“For he hath made him [Jesus] to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.” (2 Corinthians 5:21)
“But God commendeth [showed] his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:21)
Three days after his death, Jesus rose bodily from the grave. (1 Corinthians 15:3-4) His eternal life is what is promised to all believe in His name. (1 Corinthians 15:20)
“…everyone which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.” (John 6:40)
This is why there can be hope even at graveyard; the only way to escape God’s judgement is to be covered by the blood of Jesus Christ.
What must I then do?
There is certainly nothing you can do to earn this salvation. Doing good deeds, going to church or being baptised cannot save you. The Bible clearly teaches that salvation is not by works (Titus 3:5, Ephesians 2:8-9). You must however call upon the name of the Lord to be saved (Romans 10:9, 13). If you place your faith in Jesus Christ, He will save you and become Lord of your life.
Do you believe this?
If you are interested in believing on the Lord Jesus Christ or have any questions, please contact us or another Christian friend you know.
As an evangelical church, we eagerly and unashamedly preach and believe in this Gospel of Jesus Christ. It is our desire that others would learn of the good news that God offers in Jesus Christ who is the same yesterday, today, and forever. This timeless message has changed and is changing our lives today; we would encourage you to let it change yours as well.