Coronavirus has been impacting our lives heavily now for about 2 weeks, and I am already SO ready for it to be over! Quarantine is no fun! I am tired of being limited in where I go or what I do! I am tired of worrying about my grandparents! I am absolutely ready to meet with my church family in person again, but I understand for my safety and the safety of so many others, we need to follow these quarantine rules! These rules are set to protect us from the dangerous spread of COVID-19, and I am thankful those in authority are trying to help us prevent the spread of the virus.
I can’t help but think about how excited we will be when this is all over. There will be rejoicing and celebrating as life returns to normal! Families will gather and celebrate together, churches will assemble in-person to worship God, and our face to face interactions will be cherished and not taken for granted! It is so neat to imagine how quick the news will spread when a treatment for COVID-19 of some sort is developed. People will be so excited to share the good news with one another. They won’t be able to keep it to themselves! It will be such good news that it is uncontainable.
Good news was always supposed to be heard and shared with others. People love hearing good news, so it will be natural for us to share the good news of the end of the quarantine, once we have an idea of when that will be. This will certainly be great news, but even after the problem of Coronavirus goes away, there will still be the problem of sin, which is a much bigger problem. Luckily, Christians already know the cure to the pandemic of sin: the good news of Jesus Christ.
So, while we should be excited to share the good news of life going back to normal, we should also remember that isn’t the only good news that Christians should be worried about spreading. In reality, Christians should be way more worried about spreading the good news of Jesus. The word Gospel actually means good news, which is a super great definition when you think about just how good it is! Paul summarizes the good news in 1 Corinthians 15:3-4. Jesus has died and risen again to take away our sins! This is not just great news, but this is amazingly, great news!
For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. 1 Corinthians 15:3-4 (ESV)
If we found a cure to any virus or disease, we wouldn’t keep it to ourselves. So, why would we keep the cure of sin to ourselves? It doesn’t make any sense for us to keep the Gospel a secret. Anytime we find something we like, we want to share it with others! We are quick to share a new store, restaurant, show, etc., but the good news of Jesus, we are slow to share. I hope that we can truly say like Paul, “I am not ashamed of the Gospel” more than that I hope we can live that statement! I hope others can tell we are not ashamed of the Gospel because of how often we are telling others about the good news of Jesus Christ. I hope that everyone who meets us learns we are Christians because that is how good the good news of Jesus is!
For I am not ashamed of the Gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. Romans 1:16 (ESV)
Consider the Following
- What does the word Gospel mean?
- What is the good news of Jesus Christ?
- Who do you want to tell the good news of Jesus to? Practice telling the good news of Jesus to one another (children tell parents, parents tell children).
- How can your family evangelize together?