These are uncertain times for sure. But Christians have a unique outlook on the COVID-19 pandemic. Here’s what we believe.
Our world is fallen.
The reason we see global pandemics and calamity is because we live in a fallen world. What this means is that our world is corrupted by sin. The Bible tells us of a God who created everything good, including creating humans in His image. With mankind’s choice however, they chose disobedience and sin.
Genesis 3:3 tells us, “God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.'” The first choice given to the first humans resulted in disobedience (sin). Since then, our world has fallen into the consequences of that. As a result, we have disasters, disease, and death. Romans 8:20-21 says, “For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God.”
Romans 8 shows us that even though our world is fallen, God’s ultimate plan throughout history is a wonderful rescue.
We are individually fallen as well.
Not only is our world corrupt, but we are corrupt to. We inherited the sinful nature of the first humans. All of us do things that are wrong. Romans 3:23 tells us that “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Just a quick examination of your life within the past week will likely show you your own faults. If not externally in your actions, at least in your thoughts.
1 John 1:8 says, “If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.” We must realize that God is so perfect and so holy, that even a slight amount of sin places us in a position of being unable to have a relationship with our Creator.
Jesus is God and He is perfect.
No matter what you believe, no one can argue that a man lived 2,000 years ago that changed the course of history. The Bible says that Jesus was God in the flesh, that God came to become one of us so that He could save us. Philippians 2:7-8 says that Jesus ”emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.”
Jesus died in the place of sinners.
Jesus was perfect, fulfilling the obedience we fail at. The Bible tells us that He was nailed to a cross, suffering a horribly cruel death. This was a substitutionary death. Jesus was a perfect sacrifice in our place, taking the wrath on Himself that we deserve as sinners. Colossians 2:13-14 tells us this: “You, who were dead in your trespasses, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross.”
Not only did Jesus die, but He also rose from the dead. The Bible tells of hundreds of documented eye witness accounts of Jesus’ resurrection. Through His resurrection, we are assured of our own resurrection. That although death awaits us, eternal life is promised to us who believe through Jesus’ resurrection.
Repentance is needed.
So how do we get this promise of eternal life? We repent of our sin and worship Jesus. This means that we make a decision to turn away from our wrong and place trust in Jesus. Christians are saved by grace, not anything they could ever do. Salvation is a gift we receive. Ephesians 2:8 says, “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God.