Lk.21:11 – And there will be great earthquakes in various places, and famines and pestilences; and there will be fearful sights and great signs from heaven.
Jesus was prophesying about the end of the age in this passage. He spoke about wars, and rumors of wars, earthquakes, famines, and men’s hearts failing them for fear. He also mentioned a word that no one wants to hear and no one is comfortable with. The word is pestilence. Jesus said that there would be pestilences (plural) before He returned from heaven to this world. When I think of pestilence I think about some of the things that happened in Egypt just before the Exodus. There were plagues of frogs and locusts, unthinkable outbreaks of boils, the Nile River turning to blood, and flies so thick you couldn’t see. The final tragedy was the death of every first born who did not belong to the Lord. There is something we can learn as we look to the death of thousands of Egyptian sons and the protection that was on God’s people. The people of God were instructed to put the blood of a lamb on the doorposts of their houses. This was an act of faith in their covenant keeping God.
What is the lesson for all of us in this story? At the writing of this devotion the Corona virus is entrenching itself in our world’s population. Those that don’t know the Lord have literally nowhere to turn. For Christians, we can look to the precious blood of Jesus. His blood forgives our sins, heals our bodies, and protects us from the pestilences of the devil. As Isaiah the prophet boldly predicted,
Isa.53:3,4 – Yet he was the one who carried our sicknesses
and endured the torment of our sufferings….
He endured the punishment that made us completely whole,
and in his wounding we found our healing.
When Jesus was here on earth He boldly laid His hands on people suffering from contagious disease. Many instances are in the gospels where Jesus tenderly laid His hands on those suffering from leprosy. The results, they were all healed. Jesus hasn’t changed and He is still healing the sick.
In dealing with our current circumstance I would say follow all of the precautions we have been hearing. Washing our hands, properly cleaning our facilities, and staying home if you are sick are all great advice. What can I do spiritually? Ramp up my prayer time and my Bible reading. Don’t forsake small group gatherings and church services as long as that is available to us. If it is necessary to miss services, avail yourself to the live stream services that are available.
Jesus is coming back and this age is wrapping up. We better become like men (or women) of God and not shrink back. The world needs what we have. Maranatha !!!