How should Christians live in the midst of a pandemic? The same way we are called to live at all times: as disciples of Christ who focus on His kingdom! The remainder of Jesus’ Sermon on the Plain calls us to an enduring faith as we reflect our Head, clear our eyes, examine our hearts, and engage our feet, following the One who persevered unto death to grant us eternal life.
Christians are familiar with Jesus as the Redeemer of his people occupying the offices of prophet, priest, and king. But we rarely connect his offices to his estates of humiliation and exaltation. The Sunday following Easter is the perfect time to look at Christ’s estate of exaltation, as the biblical writers teach us that his work of redemption entered a new phase, beginning with his resurrection from the dead. And this new phase has important implications for us today.
No one likes to be poor, hungry, sad, or rejected any more than they like to be separated, isolated, and quarantined on Easter Sunday! But Jesus teaches us that such trials are not always bad. In fact, they often enable us to reject what the world prizes and focus on the King whose kingdom is glorious and eternal. Easter in exile can become Easter in exaltation through faith in the Savior who rose from the dead!
Dr. Fred Putnam prayerfully speaks on the last seven sayings of Christ on the Cross.
To call the apostles "ordinary" was actually quite generous. Like us, they were sinful mixtures of doubt, impatience, selfishness, pride, fear, and disbelief. Left to themselves, they could do nothing. But they were also men who were called by God, forgiven by Him, and commissioned to proclaim His Son. Extraordinary times like ours do not call for extraordinary saints. They call for ordinary sinners who proclaim an extraordinary Savior.