What we see playing out before our eyes is a response of rival religions to a lethal virus.
Seven Stanzas at Easter John Updike (1932–2009) Make no mistake: if He rose at allit was as His body;if the cells’ dissolution did not reverse, the moleculesreknit, the amino acids…
The sin-bearing, weary, suffering, grief-filled, and broken Jesus of Nazareth was transformed the first Easter Sunday into the splendorous, Spirit-supercharged, evil-crushing, risen and reigning King of kings and Lord of lords.
The epidemiological models that have been used to estimate the impact of the virus have received a lot of criticism in the last few weeks mostly because of the consistent overestimating that has been done in terms of the suggested mortality risks to the United States and the rest of the world. However, the models themselves are not really the problem. Highly developed and constantly improving statistical epidemiological models have been in play since the early twentieth century and in fact simple mathematical models have been in use for things like smallpox mortality since at least 1766.
It seemed that Jesus was one lowered and humiliated at the crucifixion. What the watching world — and Satan himself — did not yet know is that it was Satan and his entire usurping empire that was dispossessed and humiliated at the Cross. The Cross inaugurated the new (and final) world order.
Christians … are equipped to understand that God has purposes; that he is not a cold, distant, silent, and mute machine dispensing what we’ve got coming, but a merciful Father who calls us to cry out to him in our need; and that in Christ Jesus we have no ultimate existential fear of death. I think that is quite a distinct way of viewing this crisis.
We unite for a Christian society under the victorious banner of Jesus Christ our King. We need not agree on many things to agree on that.