John 11:25-26 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies, and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die. Do you believe this?”
I’m sure many of us have asked this question during the world-wide lockdowns caused by the spread of the Corona virus. Do you have a lockdown in your country? If you do, you might feel like you have so much time you don’t know what to do with it. Maybe you feel very bored because you are missing your friends. What can we do to escape this boredom?
What is the Truth about life and death? What would you say? You can use your time to answer this question properly!
Many people are scared of getting Corona virus and dying. Maybe you won’t die now, but you will die one day. Are you ready to die? What will happen to you after you die?
Do you fear the answer to this question? Jesus talked about this and answered, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me, even if he dies, will live.”
How can you get eternal life? If you have eternal life, will you fear dying?
Jesus was born like a refugee baby, with no place to stay.
Wise men from the East followed the special star to honour the new King. When Herod heard that a new King had been born, he wanted to kill that baby boy. To make sure of this, he killed all boys under two years old.
Joseph was warned in a dream that Herod wanted to kill baby Jesus. Joseph then fled to Egypt with his family. They stayed in Egypt as refugees until Herod the king, had died in their home country
Father Abraham moves from a place in Iraq to an area near Jerusalem. He then flees to Egypt. He becomes a refugee… Next week: “Jesus the Refugee”.
The refugee crisis is impacting our world today. It will be affecting all of us for years to come.
The book of James in the Bible does have something to add to our response to refugees.
James, the brother of Jesus, stresses our responsibility to reach out to the needy with care and compassion. He reveals that the ongoing care of the weak is a means of displaying God’s presence within the world. It shows truth and obedient following of God’s command and His heart. Reaching out and caring for suffering refugees is a way to show the presence of God in this world.
David was a Shepherd boy, a Refugee, a Fugitive, a Composer and a King. When we spent time with refugees they told us their stories. Some stories were gruesome, bad, some were stories of desperation. Some of the refugees we spent time with, lost family members, belongings, hope. They were desperate, no jobs, no houses, no school for their children, no one caring. Others were still hopeful saying, “Maybe we will be able to go back, maybe we can start all over, maybe…”
They were so thankful that we came to them, listened to their stories, telling them that there are still people that care, praying for them.