Jesus Had Faith, Not Fear
John Chapter 11 talks about the death and resurrection of Lazarus. Jesus learned Lazarus was ill and wanted to return to Judea. The Jews in Judea were not welcoming of Jesus and his disciples were concerned about his safety if he returned.
John 11:8-11 New International Version
8 “But Rabbi,” they said, “a short while ago the Jews there tried to stone you, and yet you are going back? 9 Jesus answered, “Are there not twelve hours of daylight? Anyone who walks in the daytime will not stumble, for they see by this world’s light. 10 It is when a person walks at night that they stumble, for they have no light.”
Jesus loved Lazarus and without fear made the journey.
Federal and State governments are shutting things down to try to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. People are concerned and feel this is taking away freedoms and to some degree it is true, but this is only temporary. How about we do like Jesus did and not look at what we are losing but what will be gained. Jesus knew the Priests and Pharisees were threatened by him and raising Lazarus from the dead would further feed their concerns and further their plot to kill him.
John 11:47-48 New International Version
47 Then the chief priests and the Pharisees called a meeting of the Sanhedrin. “What are we accomplishing?” they asked. “Here is this man performing many signs. 48 If we let him go on like this, everyone will believe in him, and then the Romans will come and take away both our temple and our nation.”
By resurrecting Lazarus, Jesus gained more disciples.
Churches around the country are making changes to enable them to continue spreading the word. They are using technology and creating virtual environments to keep people engaged. In doing so I think there is an opportunity to involve people that may be reluctant, unable or to busy to come to church.
Many local churches are now video recording or live streaming their services. With the aid of technology, these services are now available worldwide. Everyone is different and a service that appeals to one may not appeal to another. With many more options out there, we have increased the ability to spread the word of Jesus many times over. For example, a small church in Warrensburg NY that has never live-streamed their service is now doing so and may now reach that person in their community or another part of the country or world for that matter.
Whether its new believers, renewed believers or people unable to leave their homes, technology will help guide the way to continue to make disciples of Jesus.