“Corona Fever”

Norbert Lieth

The coronavirus is currently displacing every other subject. Everyone seems to have “corona fever.” Corona is a Latin loan word from Greek, and means “wreath” or “crown.” Numerous comments, discussions, interviews with experts and politicians, and roundtables involve the “corona,” but God and His Word are complete outsiders. It makes me think of the Lord’s declaration: “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me” (Rev 3:20).

Aren’t the events of our time the Lord’s “knocking” on the world’s door, or even on our heart’s door? The Bible has the most to tell us. It affects every aspect of our lives and always leads us to the truth. Therefore, based on Scripture, I’d like to select three thoughts to illuminate the present affliction of coronavirus.

First, we see people’s helplessness. Anyone who thinks he’s got everything under control is now finding himself buffeted by the events.

Countries are isolating themselves, supermarkets have bare shelves, and hand sanitizer is running out. The world’s population is reacting to the coronavirus with fear. At the same time, human ruthlessness is evident once again. In some areas, disinfectants are being sold at inflated prices. People are trying to profit off of adversity. I recently read the apt statement, “Only when mankind’s greed is overcome will all other problems be solved.”

The fear may be justified, just as the precautionary measures the authorities are taking to protect the population. The people in charge are handling the situation in an exemplary manner. They’re going out of their way, and we should do our best to make it as easy on them as possible—for the good of everyone, and to prevent something worse. But the hysteria that’s rising here and there also shows our society’s helplessness.

How quickly the rug is pulled out from under us. How quickly we lose our grip. We’ve suddenly realized that a tiny little creature (virus) can fluster the entire world. All of a sudden, our limitations are brought to our attention, and we can see that our whole existence is hanging by a thread, even without the coronavirus. Mankind is unstable because we don’t have a grip on God.

Jesus summarizes this in a parable, by comparing a life not founded in Him with a house that is built on sand. When rain and mighty winds come, it has no hold and collapses (Matt 7:26-27). This isn’t to say that as long as we have God by our side, we don’t have to be careful or take our responsibilities seriously. No, but with the Almighty, we have an “anchor in the storm.” Jesus compares this to a house built on a rock that doesn’t move because of rain and storms (verses 24-25).

But God Almighty is being pushed more and more from our consciousness, from our hearts, families, schools, and from the public sphere. We mock Him and think we don’t need Him. In doing so, we’re tearing out our foundation and building on sand. Without the Creator, who is almighty and holds the whole world in His hands, our souls lack a foothold. This is why the Bible advises us to “Seek the LORD and his strength; seek his presence continually!” (Ps 105:4).

A well-known Christian song goes, “You hear me when I call. You are my morning song. Though darkness fills the night, it cannot hide the light. Whom shall I fear?”

The Word of God says, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever” (Heb 13:8). Elsewhere it says, “‘I am the Alpha and the Omega,’ says the Lord God, ‘who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty’” (Rev 1:8).

Jesus has always been hope and support for those who believe in Him. He was hope yesterday, He is today, and He will be in the future. The world isn’t set adrift, but in the care of the One who has always been, who is here now, and who will return. The immutable God has both the microcosm and the macrocosm in His almighty hand.

Secondly, the Word of God is fulfilled. We can see from this whole coronavirus situation how relevant the Word of God is. Regarding the time of Christ’s return, the Bible says that there will be “people fainting with fear and with foreboding of what is coming on the world. For the powers of the heavens will be shaken” (Luke 21:26).

The Word of God is firm, reliable, and predicts the future for us (2 Pet 1:19-21). Shortly before His return, Jesus predicts mankind’s fear of the expectation of things to come upon the world. Regarding the coronavirus, people are still flooded with fear over what could still happen. How will things develop? What consequential damages will occur as a result? Is it an epidemic? What about economic consequences? Will there be enough food supplies?

Someone once remarked, “Disasters are God’s megaphone for waking up a world that is asleep to Him.” So that we don’t spend eternity without Him and sleep through the age of grace He has offered us, He wakes us up, shakes us. The Lord wants to show us that it won’t work without Him.

Where can we find the answer?

Third, in the crown of the cross. The words, “Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews” (John 19:19) were displayed above His cross, His “corona.”

Jesus took all the pain and conquered it. A crown of thorns was put on Him, but with it He triumphed over hell, death, and the devil. We read of Him, “On his robe and on his thigh he has a name written, King of kings and Lord of lords” (Rev 19:16).

Is there something that can calm us, and provide us with security and support for the future? Rest in troubled times? Relaxation in tension? Comfort in fear? Relief from burdens? Forgiveness from sins? Help with the “coronas” that affect our lives? There isn’t just coronavirus, but also viruses of loneliness, guilt, troubled conscience, despair, addiction, pain, and suffering.

Like a cure, a vaccine for a bad epidemic, the death and resurrection of Jesus is the cure for all the things mentioned above, and for sin and death. Whoever believes in Him finds support and security, and finds his way back to life—to true life. This opens the door of forgiveness, the gates of heaven, the window of hope. With Jesus, the soul becomes healthy. Whoever believes in Him has his fear of the future taken away, because all of the future belongs to Jesus.

Jesus Christ says, “In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world” (John 16:33). “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me” (John 14:1).

Do so! Pray to Jesus and confess your life, your longings, and your faith to Him. Read His Word, especially the New Testament. In the Bible, you will find an indescribable power to help you know God’s grace. You will find unimaginable comfort and overwhelming security. Jesus and His promises offer you rest in all the unrest of the times.

Midnight Call - 04/2020

ContactAbout UsPrivacy and Safety