Last night the residents of New Zealand received the message from our Prime Minister that we were going into lockdown due to a probable Covid delta variant in a community in Auckland. Her hunch was right. The latest report is there are now 7 covid cases in the community. And the number is likely to rise.
So here we are again, being confined to our homes and our movements greatly restricted. It is at these times we need to have the right perspective – a reality check, as to what is really happening in our world. The good news is there is one who is greater than our government, greater than any Covid variant, and greater than any vaccine. And he cannot be locked down.
Let me break this down for you:
God never goes into Lockdown.
He is sovereign and he is free. He is also omnipresent, which means he is present everywhere. There is no corner of this earth that God cannot access – no country, no hospital, no prison, and no home. Psalm 115 verse 3 says, “Our God is in heaven and does whatever he pleases.” God cannot be contained or restricted. Period.
God’s Son cannot be locked down.
When the Jews and the Romans crucified Jesus, Satan thought he had him beat. He had him not only locked down but locked away for good – in a tomb. But death could not hold Jesus. Three days later he rose again from the dead. He defeated death, not only for himself but for all those who believe in him.
Now he is seated at God’s right hand, where he rules and reigns forever. He is building his church, distributing gifts to his body, advancing the gospel, saving sinners, and growing God’s Kingdom (Matt 18:16; Eph 4:7-8; Col 1:6; Matt 13:31-33).
You and I might be locked down. We can only operate under certain constraints and restrictions. But Jesus is not restricted from doing anything.
God’s Word cannot be locked down.
Throughout history, Satan has done his best to restrict, impede or completely irradicate the Word of God. He knows its power. But he cannot do it. The Word of God cannot be contained or shut away. It runs free.
God created the world by his word (Gen 1). He sustains all things by his powerful word (Heb 1:3). His word is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of our hearts (Heb 4:12). By his word, God rescues the lost, strengthens the weak, humbles the strong, comforts the downcast, corrects the wayward and builds up his church.
We may be in lockdown, but God’s Word runs free – in our lives, in the church and in the world.
So, when you are watching the news tonight and hearing all the bad news and everything that humans in their weakness are trying to do to fix it, remember we have someone who is above all this. And his interests are to do with far bigger and better things than a Covid variant. He is building a kingdom and filling it with eternal souls.
That’s good news for all of us.