“It is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness, it is raised in power” (1 Corinthians 15:43).
When I say “morning glory,” I am not speaking of a flower but of the resurrection glory of Easter Morning. As we hunker down and battle the COVID-19 virus, we might be reminded of the mourning and despair the Disciples felt as they watched Jesus suffer and die on Good Friday.
Psalm 30:5 exclaims, “Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.” The night might be a time of trial, the two nights of mourning as Jesus’ body lay in the tomb, or the quarantine season of this virus; but joy comes in the morning. There is a morning coming when death, fear, and despair will be defeated. Jesus arose from the grave. We shall rise from this deadly pandemic.
I’m too young to remember, but I have read and seen pictures of WW2 British citizens carrying gas masks everywhere they went. Fearing German planes would drop gas bombs, the government issued millions of gas masks to British men, women and children. The masks had to be carried at all times, and quickly pulled out during regular gas drills. In the early 1990s, The Israeli military planned to hand out gas masks and chemical-warfare defense kits to each of Israel’s 4.5 million citizens. They feared chemical scud missile attacks during the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait and subsequent Iraq war. Today, it is quite normal to see folks out and about wearing masks to prevent the spread of germs.
On Holy Land tours in recent years in spite of political tensions, people smile, act friendly, and joyfully go about their business. Joy might be an overstatement of the British personality, but England is a pleasant place to visit. The morning after war has come and joy has returned. In our world today, the war with COVID-19 will end with cures, immunity, and vaccines. Joy will return.
On Easter, we celebrate the resurrection life of Jesus, but also our hope of resurrection and life after death through Christ. 1 Corinthians 15 describes the resurrection glory of a deceased believer but may also be seen as a description of Easter Resurrection glory. The body “is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness, it is raised in power” (vs. 43). Colossians 1:18, in speaking of the preeminence of Jesus, says, “He is also head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead.”
Paul writes, “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us” (Romans 8:18). There is a glorious morning coming when Jesus will return, the dead in Christ will be raised from the dead, and the living believers will be changed in the twinkling of an eye (1 Corinthians 15:51-52). The glory of Christ’s resurrection will be ours forever. Hallelujah!
We must take this pandemic we are facing very seriously, but this virus will pass. There is a morning coming. We will return to a new normal, but may we return to the Lord in greater faith and surrender. Remember, joy comes in the morning. As we celebrate the glorious morning of Easter, let us look forward in faith. ♦
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