Today is Good Friday, marking one of the most significant days in the history of the world – the day Jesus Christ was made a sacrifice for all.
While Resurrection weekend won’t look the same this year, the Good News remains the same: regardless of famine, or plague, or wickedness, or death, nothing can overcome new life in Jesus Christ. Reflecting on that truth in a time like this is absolutely crucial to spiritual health.
It has been one month since COVID-19 was discovered in Louisiana, and it has been a very difficult thirty days for our state. Many lives have been impacted and families are in precarious positions with no certainty in sight. But His Word says, “the works of his hands are verity and judgment; all his commandments are sure. They stand fast for ever and ever, and are done in truth and uprightness” (Psalm 111:7-8).
Often, the reverence of Holy Week is overshadowed by chocolate candy, spring fashion, and the Easter Bunny, while the reality of the Resurrection is pushed further away. This year, however, global vulnerability and human mortality seem less theoretical, and eternity somewhat closer. Many worldwide are suffering deeply — we have all have had our sense of ‘control’ shaken.
The fear and isolation that many are experiencing right now provides a small, bitter glimpse of the dark forces Jesus faced on what became our “Good Friday.” To the natural mind, at Christ’s death, all was lost, gone, and deeply dark.
But the great hope of Christ’s resurrection, which we celebrate this Sunday, turned the natural order over to a much higher power -- one who spoke of new life, new hope and new beginnings.
Some more good news: More Americans are praying right now than ever before – tens of thousands around the world, in fact, praying with us for healing and deliverance twice per day, following the Unite 7:14 movement.
We believe that God will provide deliverance this Resurrection Weekend — both His “New Life” and what Christ called “Abundant Life” (John 10:10). May His Resurrection power — that same spirit which quickened His mortal body — touch you today, in Jesus’ name!
Here are a few stories we think you'll want to be aware of as you head into your weekend:
State Rep. Reggie Bagala (R-Grand Isle) has passed away at age 54, following a battle with COVID-19. We ask that you join us in prayer for the Bagala family– that God would give them a special grace and peace through one of the hardest moments of life.
Rep. Rick Edmonds has launched a petition that asks Gov. Edwards to enforce his Executive Order that prohibits medical and dental clinics from performing elective procedures. Two members of Attorney General Jeff Landry’s COVID-19 Task Force were seen entering an abortion clinic in Baton Rouge Thursday morning, seeking to determine whether the clinic was intentionally violating the order. Sign the petition here.
LSU’s Medical School is moving forward with promising clinical tests for hydroxy-chloroquine, despite protests from President Trump’s opposition that have a million reasons why what works it isn’t worth studying. Once again, Louisiana is on the front lines finding treatments.
Radical attorneys general are using COVID-19 to try and expand access to remote tele-abortions. While Louisiana’s Attorney General doesn’t support this sort of dangerous expansion of abortion, we should be prepared for the push nationally.
Those who have to travel into Texas will need to plan some extra time crossing the border, as Texas has set up checkpoints to test people for COVID-19.
Finally, the great news: bad news isn’t the “Truth!” Good Friday and the Resurrection that followed are the Good News, and the only Truth which can set men free. Be inspired, see the light at the end of this tunnel, in Jesus' name. God’s word hasn’t faltered or failed; he is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
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