I generally put the next morning’s post to bed at the end of the working day. Last night, I was discussing an email I had received about nightmares and other things with Kea. She had seen the email, and my response to it, but from there we went on to consider that there are two kinds of responses to the crisis and lockdown we are in.
The first is driven by fear. Fear of death. Fear of being wrong. Fear of offending, of not being Kind, or Patient: Kindness and Patience are now laws you cannot break. Of getting the current virus. Of being unemployed, losing everything — which is becoming more real as the lockdown goes on. Our press amplifies this. They rejoice in conflict, anger, bitterness, blaming. Yet they are also fearful, as their own jobs are made irrelevant and redundant. The emotions here are fear, envy, shame, guilt and a certain ugly sense of retribution or anger — that one’s freedoms are in any way regulated.
The second is love and peace. Love drives out fear, and peace comes from God. Kea pointed out that these emotions drive the first group insane: they will do whatever they have to destroy our sense of peace and joy. We have witnessed that first hand over this time. In my view, this is a time when the Spirit is correcting our fruitless habits and striving and encouraging us to live smaller, simpler and lives closer to our calling. I like shiny new toys, but not a single one has ever bought me peace.
Christ has, and that is why the churches remain closed while schools may reopen.
But the resurrection was a fact. It was witnessed. By many. It is proven. From that comes our faith, and from that our salvation.
11 But Mary was standing outside the tomb weeping; and so, as she wept, she stooped and looked into the tomb; 12 and she saw two angels in white sitting, one at the head and one at the feet, where the body of Jesus had been lying. 13 And they said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “Because they have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid Him.” 14 When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, and did not know that it was Jesus. 15 Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?” Supposing Him to be the gardener, she *said to Him, “Sir, if you have carried Him away, tell me where you have laid Him, and I will take Him away.” 16 Jesus *said to her, “Mary!” She turned and said to Him in Hebrew, “Rabboni!” (which means, Teacher). 17 Jesus said to her, “Stop clinging to Me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father; but go to My brethren and say to them, ‘I ascend to My Father and your Father, and My God and your God.’” 18 Mary Magdalene came, announcing to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord,” and that He had said these things to her.
19 So when it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and when the doors were shut where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in their midst and *said to them, “Peace be with you.” 20 And when He had said this, He showed them both His hands and His side. The disciples then rejoiced when they saw the Lord.
We should indeed rejoice, for though we did not witness the LORD then, we have by him be chosen.