By His power God raised the Lord from the dead, and He will raise us also. 

– 1 Corinthians 6:14

Shorten the distance.  That’s what I’ve been thinking.  How can I shorten the distance of distance learning?  What can we do to shorten the distance of social distancing?  The answers have come in unexpected and surprising ways.  While I share the concerns and worries caused by the COVID19 pandemic, I’m also in awe of the amazing ways people have found to shorten the physical, social, emotional and spiritual distances we’re all experiencing.  I’ve also been in awe of how I’ve seen and experienced God at work – as promised in Romans 8:28 – that HE can work good through all things for those who love Him and are called to His purpose.

That was God’s plan 2000 years ago, to work good through the painful death of His Son upon the cross.  Jesus was sent to serve God’s purpose – to shorten the distance.  Jesus’ ministry was to draw people closer to Him so that they could be closer to the Father.  He taught us the best way to shorten social distancing was by loving each other; being honest, good and kind; living in community; looking out for each other and helping each other.

Jesus bridged the gap of distance learning by leaving the synagogues – the traditional places of religious teaching (not open and available to everyone) – to go out and be among the people.  Jesus connected with people in their towns, rural areas, and homes.  He shared meals with those who were despised, blessed those who were in need, and healed the lame, blind, hurting and sick.

Then, Jesus shortened the greatest distance of all, spiritual distance – the distance between humanity and eternity.  He broke the holds of shame, guilt and fear that tether us to this world.  Jesus freed us with forgiveness, and raised us through His resurrection.

As Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 6:14, God raised Jesus from the dead, and He will raise us also.  When we claim Jesus as our Savior and Lord, God will raise us from the challenges we face, and one day He will raise us to eternity with Him.  Praise be to God.

May our prayers, hope and trust always be in the name of Jesus the Christ.  Amen. 

For more about the life and ministry of Jesus, the crucifixion and His resurrection, visit the Book of Matthew in the Bible at http://www.BibleGateway.com

Easter blessings to you,

Renee