Health & Wellness
What Would Jesus Say About Coronavirus?
by James N. Watkins
Posted: March 16, 2020
Putting fear and uncertainty in perspective…
See theof Jim's blog.
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” ( ).
“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?” ( ).
“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” ( .
Jesus would also teach us to be wise ( ). 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” ( ).
Copyright © 2020 James N. Watkins
Related sites (updated with additional links March 30, 2020))
• (From The Wall Street Journal)
• (More hope from Jesus)
• (Read a free excerpt from my latest book)
If you found this hopeful and helpful, please share with your social networks. Thanks!
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"• Author bio (website*) • E-mail the author (moc.sniktawsemaj@mij*) • Author's website (personal or primary**)
* For web-based email, you may need to copy and paste the address yourself.
** opens in a new tab or window. Close it to return here.