“Uncertainty” is the word of the day during this COVID-19 crisis. No matter where we turn to, whether it be the news, our neighbors, or even our own mind, “uncertainty” is abounding in today’s vocabulary. There is no confidence in when this coronavirus will subside or when a general sense of safety and security shall return to the nations. Thus, we remain in a state of uncertainty, or unpredictability. And I believe, in the Lord’s providence, people throughout the world are searching at an escalating rate for that which is certain. Throughout history, whenever times of tremendous distress and havoc arise, people become anxious, unsettled, and weary. And indeed in this COVID-19 crisis we are an increasingly anxious and wearied human race. Continually dragged down by the uncertainty of this virus, we see almost every facet of our lives affected (e.g., finances health, relationships) and as of right now there’s no certainty of the virus’ end.
So, if nothing is certain, then what is there to look to for certainty? What can cure our current coronavirus concerns? And be assured, people (myself included) are looking desperately. At our core we desire something certain to hope in, to rid us of the anxieties that weigh our hearts down so heavily (Proverbs 12:25). However, this is not by accident, but rather by design of the Creator, who endowed in us the desire to be at peace, for He is a “God of peace” (Romans 15:33). Thus, I would pose this question to you: Where are you going to find peace? Where are you going to find certainty?
On this Good Friday of 2020, I want to propose that there is no certainty but one: Christ is alive. The One who “upholds the universe by the word of his power” (Hebrews 1:3) is alive at this very moment.
We have the outrageous privilege of living on this side of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. We have the blessing of God’s Word to show us that although Christ did die on a cross nearly two-thousand years ago, He is most certainly alive today (Romans 8:34; Ephesians 1:20; Colossians 3:1; Hebrews 8:1, 12:2). Yet this is not merely a fact that is of no pertinence to us today. Christ was not raised solely to raise Himself. The resurrection was not an isolated event with no other outcomes. No, the fact that Christ was raised from the dead means that we can enter into everlasting life through Him! Christ bore our sin on the cross, forever freeing us from the condemnation of God (Romans 8:1-4). He “once for all” paid for our sins (Hebrews 7:27, 9:12, 9:26, 10:10), forever freeing us of the guilt of sinning against God. Therefore, if we believe in Christ, if we join with Christ, if we have union with Christ, then we have eternal life promised to us as a gracious gift (John 3:16; Romans 6:23; 1 John 2:25, 5:13).
Paul, an apostle or messenger of Christ, tells us in his letter the Roman Christians that, “For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his” (Romans 6:5, emphasis added).
Friends, this is the certainty that the human heart longs for: life. We may think or say we want certainty regarding the COVID-19 crisis, as if that’s our only longing. And while this is somewhat true, there is an underlying longing for an eternally greater certainty. The kind of certainty that does not only affect our day-to-day now but our eternity as well. Because of Christ’s perfect life, obedient death, and promised resurrection we are able to be united in life with Him forever. This is the certainty that is available to all who might repent and believe (Mark 1:15): that God will make us “alive together with Christ” (Ephesians 2:5).
Who are you listening to for your hope of certainty in this time of uncertainty? Are you being filled with the hollow news of uncertainty? Or are you seeking to be filled with the good news of certainty that is found only in the resurrected Christ?
“Uncertainty” will continue to be spread throughout the world until that day when Christ returns. The resolution of COVID-19 will not stop uncertainty in our fallen world. People have faced uncertainties long before us and will continue to do so after we are gone. Yet, as long as it is called “today,” (Hebrews 3:13) may we be vigilant in spurring others on toward the certainty of Christ’s resurrection from the dead. Christ alone is our sure foundation, our rock that we can stand firmly on. So let us share boldly and gladly with others the hope we have in Him. For this glorious truth is the best, and most certain word we could ever proclaim to the world: “If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9). That is certain.