And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, 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. Col 2:13–14, ESV.
Certain events in life change us. My father died on February 2, 2002. I was 35 years old. Dad was 63. We had always been close. He had a brain aneurysm while getting ready for work, slipped into a coma, and within days, he died. That changed me. I never looked at the world the same way after that. Lots of things that seemed big before now seemed small.
COVID-19 is changing us. Families are changing as some are forced together by a stay-at-home order, while others are forced apart because mom or dad work in a hospital and can’t come home. Huggers and sports fans are learning to do without.
We are not robots. The big events in our lives change us.
If you are a Christian, Colossians 2:13-14 reminds you of the life-changing event that happened almost 2000 years ago, on an executioner’s cross, just outside of Jerusalem.
Before this event, you were spiritually dead. Your sin brought death to your soul. You, as a Gentile, not raised under the covenant God made with Israel, were cut off from the benefits of the people of God. Your dead soul deserved no kindness from God, no rescue from its lifeless state.
Then it happened. The event. The cross. The crucifixion of the sinless Son of God.
This event changed everything. God made you alive together with Him. From death to life! Trespasses forgiven. That which brought death to your soul is yours no more. The sin-debt is canceled. It has been set aside. It is no longer on your permanent account for it was transferred to Christ’s account on the cross. The law has nothing against you. You were declared, “Innocent!”
Looking back, I can tell you how my dad’s death changed me. It won’t be many years before we look back and talk about how the COVID-19 crisis changed us. Are you able to look to the cross of Jesus and see how that event has changed you? Let me encourage you to spend some time thinking about that today. Tomorrow will be Good Friday and we will think of this together, but a day’s head-start would do us all some good.
I am praying that God will keep your eyes on Jesus as you deal with whatever this pandemic event is throwing at you.