Come with me to Jesus’ day. One quarter of all babies died before their first birthday. Only half of the surviving children lived to ten years old. To bring that home a bit, here is a list of our current 4-5th graders.
Dawson, Gabby, Isaiah, Darci, Corbin, Cassie, Brayden, Mina, Joshua
If you lived past 10, you had a good chance of reaching 45-50 years, but the overall life expectancy was 35, less than half of ours today. Why so short? Mostly lack of medicinal treatment for both common and serious illness. No vaccines. No antibiotics.
After the nurse had gently pushed the cotton swab up my left nasal passage to “swab” me for Covid-19, I reflected on how in Jesus’ day you could actually die from a bacterial infection, or from a virus.
Scripture Let’s take a moment to reflect on some of Jesus’ teachings, originally taught at a time very much like these days, when life was anxious…..and potentially full of mourning… and economically uncertain. (All scripture from Matthew 5-7)
· You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
· Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift.
· Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.
· But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.
· But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.
· For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.
· No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.
· But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
· Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.
· Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. …. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”
· Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?
This past Saturday my wife and I were informed we had tested Covid-19 free.
And now the state of Michigan is ordered to stay at home except for necessecities until April 13.
Remain in Jesus.