Hello, everyone, and happy Maundy Thursday! I'm sorry for not posting on Monday. I got asked last-minute to play piano on worship team on Easter Sunday, and I had some piano-ing to do.
I was looking through the Covid data last night for some reason, and it honestly freaked me out. The death toll is nearing three million. My own area has been relatively safe, with 11,000 cases and only 337 deaths. But that's still a lot for a smallish Texas county.
Personally, I'm not afraid of getting Covid. God's blessed me with a strong immune system, and I know I'd be over it in a few days. But my parents and grandparents are different stories--my grandparents especially--and I really don't want to get them sick.
But recently, I've been reading the Gospel of Mark. I haven't read a Gospel for a while, and I'd forgotten how often Jesus healed people. He just walks around touching people, and bam! They're healed. Leprosy? Healed. Issue of bleeding? Healed. Demons? Gone. Dead? No problem. Your daughter's walking around now, Jairus. Send the mourners home and get her something to eat.
But Jesus had limitations. There was only one of Him, and He could only be in one place at a time. His voice could only carry so far. I wonder how a crowd of seven thousand could even hear Him in a time before microphones were invented. (Maybe they did the penguin thing and took turns standing close to Jesus.) Anyway, Jesus had a surprising solution to this problem of limitation: He died.
When He died, the temple veil--the thing that separated God and humanity--was ripped in two. And shortly after Jesus' resurrection, the Holy Spirit came and rested upon Jesus' followers. Meaning that we mere mortals now have the power of God Himself on the inside of us, and we can work the same miracles that Jesus did.
Jesus took care of people, and now it's our job to go about our Father's business. Loving and healing people. And when we're finished, we get to go home to Him.
All because of the cross of Christ.
If you don't have a home church, I invite you to hop over to www.vl.church and join our live stream. I think our service times are 9:00 and 11:00, and we might even have a 2:00 service exclusively for the online community. If you do have a home church, don't take that privilege for granted. Show up early. Smile at people. See how you can serve your brothers and sisters in Christ.
And above all, happy Easter.
M. J. Piazza is a Jesus-loving, dog-walking country girl who just so happens to write books.