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The resurrection is our sustaining power forever

We are now on the other side of Easter and the blessed hope of the resurrection is again woven into the faith of believers. However, no matter where you may be found in this season of your life, it is still a most difficult, unusual and challenging time of uncertainty.

Recently, I have heard many people say that they have never experienced and maybe will never again experience such a time as this, referring to this invisible enemy, the COVID-19 virus.

We are all the target of frightening and morbid accounts of news stories from sunup to sundown, and one does not know where or when this horrific virus will strike or find its next victim. And that leaves countless people frightened, and in many instances, fearful in their abodes and limited goings and comings.

However, on the other hand, as we attempt to continue the journey, in these abnormal conditions, we are most agreeable on one issue, and that is, “It’s all in God’s hands.”

And after just celebrating the resurrection in most cases in a virtual arena and maybe accompanied with the blessings of communion, we now head off to face life with the assurance of the hope and promises of all that the resurrection truly means and woven into the fabric of our faith to live by. Yes, even in times such as this.

Jesus says that “all power is given unto me in heaven and on earth.” That means, no matter what you’re facing today, Jesus’ resurrection means evil doesn’t win. Even when you find yourself surrounded by the likeness of darkness in the midst of this pandemic. When colleges and schools are closed and many people have had to return home because the jobs market have almost come a halt and social distancing is the order of the day.

Yes, it will be the blessed hope of the resurrection that sustains us as we count the statistics of victims from city to city and locality to locality. Where its wrath has reached not just the bristling fast-paced life in the large urban cities but also small-town America.

Remember, we rejoiced at the fact that the scriptures of the Gospel writers, “He is not here, he is risen as he said.”

However, this promise of living hope was made before he ascended unto heaven to sit on the right hand of the father. Also, hope that is seen is not hope, so just keep the faith and believe in your heart that evil cannot win no matter what you are facing.

Continue to hold on to your living hope of the resurrection. It is our sustaining power forever.

REV. DR. JAMES TAYLOR III is pastor of Jericho Baptist Church in Farmville. His email address is jht3@verizon.net.