Friendship Baptist Church Kansas City, Missouri
The Christmas Spirit during COVID-19 - John 16:33
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“I have said these things to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” - John 16:33


It is far from simple and easy to say "Merry Christmas" during the current COVID-19 pandemic. For many of us this season represents a hopeful end to a tumultuous year of violence, vitriol and virus. The COVID-19 virus has brought sickness, suffering and anxiety. How do we embrace the Spirit of Christmas during COVID-19? In addition to the normal anxiety experienced during the holidays?


The Gospel of John plainly reminds us that our peace is not in possessions, privilege or worldly power. The peace we long for can be found exclusively in our relationship with Jesus Christ. Yet, we are also warned that in this world we will have tribulation. We are not exempt from the struggle. But we can rejoice in knowing, we have the ultimate victory in Jesus Christ.


I have personally experience the impact of COVID-19 in my family and ministry. I have grieved the death of a loved one, buried a colleague in the ministry, lost a seminary student in my class, and officiated at almost forty funerals in less than twelve months. I am aware of the pain and yet I believe without a doubt that my peace comes from the Lord alone. 


What holds us together is not religion, but a relationship with Jesus Christ. I'd rather have Jesus than a position of authority in an organization or riches untold or fame and fortune. All these things cannot bring us the peace we long for. I need to know the One who declares , "I have overcome the world"



Heavenly Father,

Worry and fear are not of Your heart. 1 John 4 reminds us that perfect love casts out all fear, and we pray Your perfect love upon the hearts of all those who are burdened with the fear of this virus. Lord, we know with no doubt that You are bigger than the threat of anything, especially illnesses. Please comfort those who are living in fear, please free them from the bondage that anxiety creates within. Remind them that You are still on the Throne and that You are still in control. Fully rain down the serenity that comes only from the Prince of Peace. Help those who are living in unease to trust You in this time so that in times to come we may rest assured that You will be faithful to be with us until the end of the age. We rest at the Throne of the Almighty such fears and cast them upon You (1 Peter 5:7), for Your burden is Light and Your Yoke is easy (Matthew 11:30), we know You cover us with Your wings (Psalm 91:4). - In Jesus’ name, Amen





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