Pastor's Pen by Cliff Henry

Presently, countries around the world, including our own, are battling what has been named the Coronavirus. It seems to be highly transmissible, but is beatable using safe health measures. I appreciate what our president and our governor have done in limiting the spread. They are striving to keep Alaskans and Americans healthy, limiting the contact between people to keep the virus from spreading.

We do not need to have a spirit of fear or panic, which I believe many have, due to the virus. Look at the grocery stores, a person cannot buy much in the way of paper or sanitary products.

I believe the fear goes much deeper than getting the Coronavirus. I believe many people have a fear of death. The unknown, the so-called “X-factor,” has people fearful of death, inside their hearts. The Scriptures address this in Revelation 21:8, “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone; which is the second death.” Did you notice that “the fearful and unbelieving” are linked together? When a person is unsure of their soul’s destiny at death, they will have fear. Did you also notice that the word “Believer,” which means a true Christian, is not there? You see, a person that places their faith in Jesus Christ has nothing to fear, including death. It is but a steppingstone to life in Heaven with Jesus for eternity. 

The Apostle Paul wrote in 2 Timothy 1:7, “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” A Christian doesn’t have to fear anything. He should be concerned or a little troubled at times involving certain things, but never in a state or spirit of fear. Why? Because as long as there is a God in Heaven who sits on the throne, the Christian’s life is in His hands. God promises, “I will never leave thee nor forsake thee.” Hebrews 13:5b.

Should I get this Coronavirus or any illness, I would not look forward to it, but I know my life is in Jesus’ hands, for I am His child by faith. 

At some point each one of us will die. Death will be a coronation time for me, not an ending!

How about you, my friend? Are you fearful: Are you an unbeliever when it comes to faith in Jesus Christ? You can change both of those by receiving Jesus Christ as your Savior. Romans 10:13 states, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord (Jesus) shall be saved.”

Think about it.

Cliff Henry is the pastor of Greenland Baptist Church. He can be reached at​