The Christian Response to the Coronavirus
by Reverend Dr. RB Holmes, Pastor
Bethel Missionary Baptist Church
April 6, 2020
In times like these, we must become more keenly aware of who is the Lord God Almighty. You need to know who God is for yourself. It won't work if you don’t have a personal, intimate and growing relationship with the living Lord.
This week is Holy Week. During this time, Peter denied the Lord three times. Now, the Lord told him that he would deny him. The pressure got to Peter and he cracked as recorded in St. Matthew 26:74-75: “Then began he to curse and to swear, saying I don’t know the man: and immediately the cock crew." Additionally, Luke confirms that Peter recalled what the Lord had told him: "Then Peter remembered the word that the Lord had spoken to him: “Before the rooster crows today, you will deny me three times. And he went outside and wept bitterly.” (St. Luke 22: 61(b)-62) Don’t allow this coronavirus crisis to make you start cursing your blessings and deny the living savior. During these uncertain times, be sure your “Anchor holds and grips the solid rock; that rock is Jesus, He’s the only one."
My friend, Peter did make a comeback. He met the Risen Christ and became one of Jesus’ most faithful disciples. He knew that a closer relationship with Jesus does matter. I hope these days will give you a renewed hope and trust in Jesus Christ. The apostle Peter helps us on how to strengthen our relationship with the Savior. “But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our lord and savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever." (2 Peter 3:18) Amen.
April 7, 2020
"How Is Your Faith?”
How is your faith at this time in your life? I am praying that the God who said, “I am that I am” will give you the strength and the resolve to continue to trust his perfect will for your life. Friends, when God called Moses to go and tell that old Pharaoh to “let his people go” (Exodus 9:1), holy shock waves went through Moses’ soul. However, God told him who He was in Exodus 3: 14: “And God said unto Moses, I Am That I Am! and he saith, thus saith thou say unto the children of Israel, I am hath sent me unto you.” God is saying my name has the power to get this job done. Moses uses that name; you don’t need to add anything to my name: no adjectives, no adverbs, no nouns, nor pronouns. Just tell him that the “I Am that I am” sent you.
Friends, when we introduce ourselves, we have to fill in the blanks. For example, I am RB Holmes, Jr. I am a pastor; I am a father; I am a husband; I am a grandfather; I am family man; however, God doesn’t need all of the adjectives. Whatever you need, God says I am that! If you need deliverance, I am that! If you need healing, I am that! If you need a friend, I am that! If you need a way made out of no way, I am that! God’s name has everything we need. God’s name is the Almighty God. I believe God’s name is above every name. I believe the great I am can and will deliver us from this coronavirus. Yes, Moses used that name to set his people free. We can use that name to free us of this fear and dismay about this dangerous virus.
Jesus says that there is power in His name. God sent Jesus down here to teach us how to pray in His name. “And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.” (St. Matthew 21:22) Let’s see: Jesus, in your name, strengthen our faith! Jesus, in your name, heal a reader of this devotion! Jesus, in your name, do a miracle for the readers and turn some midnight into day! There is power in that name!
“There is a name I love to hear; I love to sing its worth,
It sounds like music in my ear, the sweetest name on earth.
Oh, how I love Jesus; oh, how I love Jesus;
Because He first loved me.”
I opened this devotional with a question: How is your faith? I close with a declaration: Keep the faith! Take the name of Jesus with you everywhere you go!! AMEN
(March 30 - April 5, 2020)