The lockdown in Nigeria over the Corona virus is taking its toll gradually. Parents are forced away from offices and business places to stay at home with their own children.And they are experiencing a lot. Some are not used to staying indoors. There is tension, shouting, scolding, quarrels and malice even with adult children around!This has not happened before. No going to play tennis, attend a wedding or be with the guys for a bottle. There is an air of confusion and even worry about the duration of the lockdown.Money will become an issue. So will be food and water.
There is fuel though, for the generator: to keep cable TV alive – thanks to online subscription; to power the borehole and refrigerator and to reduce the Heat with the a/c and fans.The lockdown reminds me of what happened to Peter and the thousands of other disciples when Our Saviour, Jesus DIED on the Cross.They too experienced a lockdown! Just that then, they were so terrified of the Jews who killed their Master, they locked all the doors and windows in their homes and would not dare come out.Meetings (church services) were cancelled too. They were sore afraid.Jesus had died, as reported in St Matthew’s gospel from chapter 27:45-54:
“Now from the sixth hour until the ninth hour there was darkness over all the land.And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” that is, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?Some of those who stood there, when they heard that, said, “This Man is calling for Elijah!”…And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice, and yielded up His spirit”.The story is told of how
*the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and *the earth quaked, and
*the rocks were split, and
*the graves were opened; and *many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised; and
*coming out of the graves after His resurrection,
*they went into the holy city and
*appeared to many”.JESUS died and conquered death for our sakes. During the lockdown then, there were many of the disciples who did not feel any sense of despair like the rest.They were hopeful, confident that JESUS death was not going to end all that He stood for.They recalled Him saying in John 14:6, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me”.As reported by St Matthew again in 16:21, they knew He will rise again but….
“From that time Jesus began to show to his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day”.Of the lot was a woman. Mary Magdalene. I am sure she just kept going to that grave, guards or no guards, day and night after the crucifixion.And Out of the lockdown and locked in, Jesus rose.Mary Magdalene from what’s written in the Bible, was a woman from Magdala, a small Galilean town known for its fishing, who became a female disciple and was first witness to Jesus’ resurrection, the cornerstone of Christianity.Mary Magdalene it was who broke the news. She saw the risen Lord, first. She was a confident woman.We need the Mary Magdalene confidence at this time. She knew if the Saviour said it…it is real. He said He will Rise again. She knew He will.All over the world the virus is killing daily but not so in our country. We must do what is required of us: stay indoors; wash our hands as often as as desire with soap and water; rub sanitizers on our hands; drink plenty of water; stay healthy; sleep relax!JESUS is Alive! I know that virus will not kill me or you. It will not end the world. Because St Paul tells me in Colossians 2:14-17 that “…having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross.And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross”.We must keep hope alive. Let no virus make you sick, by merely worrying about the lockdown!Jesus died and rose again, this period, so that we can live. Not live in the fear of a virus. No! We must hold on to our faith. We too must be strong. This will pass and it will end in praise.Yes by his death on the Cross and His resurrection, I am alive.

By Editor

Teacher, Reporter, and Blogger

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