The time of year has arrived that we have come to know and prepare for all too well. The threat of nature’s fury by way of thunderstorms and tornadoes has conditioned us in this area to be aware of the possible destruction that can happen. At last, this year brings something different. The imminent threat of the covid-19 virus, sweeps around the world and has made its way into our area. This raises concern for our aged saints whom we love dearly that find themselves at the greatest risk.
We as a country have already taken protective measures never seen before and in turn the body here at Choctaw has followed suit. It’s coming and we find ourselves partaking in the same realization that Jesus found himself as He and His apostles made their way to Jerusalem. Jesus impending death is clearly stated in the Gospel accounts of Matthew, Mark, and Luke, that it would rival today’s media coverage.
Read Matthew 16:21; 17:22-23; 20:17-19, Mark 8:31; 9:31; 10:32-34, Luke 9:22; 9:44; 18:31-33, meditate on significance of the timing, bring yourself to understand the presence of that moment. I’m certain for the first time, the body at Choctaw will not gather at the building to bring forth our praise and worship unto our Father in heaven and to His glory. None the less the Church at Choctaw will assemble as one body and one Spirit in the one hope of our calling unto one Lord, one faith, (Ephesians 4:4-5). The body will offer up humbled hearts, render unto God, a thankful heart for what Jesus has done.
Our Savior did indeed endure being mocked, spit upon, scourged, and led to be raised up on a cross until His death. My beloved brothers and sisters, we know that He arose on the third day and after a time was raised to the right hand of God. Jesus assures us in Revelation 1:17-18 “Do not be afraid; I am the first and the last, and the living One; and I was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of death and of Hades.” Now, we must accept the gravity of what is going on today with the covid-19 virus because it’s coming. As we track its progress around the world, something far more certain is coming that will reach every corner of this world. When He comes “EVERY KNEE WILL BOW, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” Philippians 2:10-11. It’s coming, the day of our Lord.