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What Would Jesus Say About Coronavirus?

by James N. Watkins

Posted: March 16, 2020

Putting fear and uncertainty in perspective…

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During the time of Jesus, leprosy, cholera, tuberculosis, smallpox and dysentery suppressed life expectancy to the age of 35. That figure was the result of a 25-33 percent infant mortality rate with half of all children dying before age 10.

As we experience a global pandemic with the coronavirus (COVID-19) and its estimated death rate of 1-3.4 percent, what would Jesus—who lived in a far more perilous time—have to say?

“These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today” (Matthew 6:32-34).

“That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life. . . . Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? And if worry can’t accomplish a little thing like that, what’s the use of worrying over bigger things?” (Luke 12:22, 25-26).

I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid” (John 14:27).

Jesus would also teach us to be wise (Matthew 10:16). Wash your hands. Don’t touch your face. Avoid large crowds. If you show symptoms stay home. And let the light of your peace shine!

“I have come as a light to shine in this dark world, so that all who put their trust in me will no longer remain in the dark” (John 12:46).

Copyright © 2020 James N. Watkins

Related sites (updated with additional links March 30, 2020))
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A Coronavirus Great Awakening? (From The Wall Street Journal)
I’m giving up fear for Lent
“In this world you will have trouble” (More hope from Jesus)
Top ten ways God may be working coronavirus for good
Overcoming Fear and Worry (Read a free excerpt from my latest book)

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Jim Watkins is a humorist, author, and speaker who says of himself that he "loves God, his family, writing, speaking and Chinese food—in that order"

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Posted: March 16, 2020

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