3:16 Devotion March 24, 2020

3:16 Devotion March 24, 2020

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning.” – John 1:1-2

This month we are learning this verse in Children’s Sunday School. It is a verse that it’s usually used to introduce Christmas time. Yes, we are talking about Jesus birth in Sunday School. And what a better time for all us to regain that hopeful feeling we have at Christmas.

The most recent days have showed us that:

  • Disney’s magic can be turned off and irrelevant.
  • New York is a city that can be put to sleep.
  • Not everything that happened in Vegas stays there.
  • We should avoid all the roads that take us to Rome.
  • The Great Wall of China couldn’t stop a germ.
  • Social media is not as funny, but quite stressful.
  • Kisses and hugs are now weapons.
  • Our selfishness is making us to hoard items with the fake feeling we can save ourselves alone.
  • A virus named “Corona” (‘Crown’ in Spanish) now rules the world, and we realize we are weak and fragile.

Then, we realize that our lives are only in the hands of God, who gave it to us. He provides and sustains our lives.

We need to pray for those that some time ago decided that God does not exist, even when they never bothered to seek for Him. Those that search frantically for a mask, not only to protect them from the virus, but to cover up their mix of vulnerability and pride.

We need to pray for all of us that wash our hands, trying to wash away our responsibility in creating the chaos of this world full of egos, personal interests, destructive consumerism, and pollution. We wash our hands just like Pontius Pilate.

Jesus’ crown saved us from the beginning of times. God’s redemption plan and kingdom was there from the beginning and it is at hand for us today.

Lord, we confess our sins of disobedience, pride, selfishness. We lay them down at your feet. We know that even though you forgive us, we still need to live with the consequences of our sins. Give us strength for the days to come. You who overcame the world, hold us on your loving hands. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Liliana Mariano