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COVID-19 vs GOOD FRIDAY: A blood battle won on the cross



It is another season of remembrance of the death and resurrection of our Lord, Jesus Christ. All glory and honor to the King of kings who made this season a reality. It is no longer news that the ravaging pandemic (COVID-19) is bedeviling the world. Nonetheless, in all situation, we are to appreciate God (1 Thessalonians 5:18)


COVID-19 which was alleged to have emanated from a city called Wuhan in the Hubie Province of China has spread to many countries of the world infecting many people, killing some and introducing unprecedented panic into the heart of mankind.


At the time of writing this piece, global statistic showed as follows:
Confirmed cases 1.5M

Recovered: 329,876

Dead: 88,538

In Nigeria, there are more than 270 confirmed case of those infected, 44 recoveries and 6 deaths.


A. WHAT DOES GOOD FRIDAY MEAN?

Many Christians around the world observe "Good Friday" on the Friday that precedes Easter Sunday. It commemorates Jesus Christ's Passion, crucifixion, and death as recorded in John 19:30, and Matthew 27:46. It is the day after Maundy Thursday.



B. WHAT IS GOOD ABOUT THE DAY?

 Of a truth, the term "Good" used to qualify that day probably means "holy", hence, that terrible and horrific day has been called Good Friday because it marked the commencement of activities that culminated in the glorious resurrection of Jesus Christ and his eternal victory over death and sin. Easter is the very pinnacle of Christian celebrations.


C. WHAT IS BLOOD?

Blood is the red liquid that circulates in the arteries and veins of humans and other vertebrate animals, carrying oxygen to and carbon dioxide from the tissues of the body. From the biblical standpoint, blood; As food, is prohibited in Genesis 9:4. The injunction to abstain from blood is renewed in the decree of the council of Jerusalem ( Acts 15:29 ). It has been held by some that this law of prohibition was only ceremonial and temporary; while others regard it as still binding on all. Blood was eaten by the Israelites after the battle of Gilboa (1 Samuel 14:32-34)
The blood of sacrifices was caught by the priest in a basin, and then sprinkled seven times on the altar; that of the passover on the doorposts and lintels of the houses (Exodus 12; Leviticus 4:5-7; 16:14-19) At the giving of the law (Exodus 24:8) the blood of the sacrifices was sprinkled on the people as well as on the altar, and thus the people were consecrated to God, or entered into covenant with him, hence the blood of the covenant (Matthew 26:28; Hebrews 9:19 Hebrews 9:20; 10:29; 13:20)
Blood is used metaphorically to denote race (Acts 17:26) and as a symbol of slaughter (Isaiah 34:3) To "wash the feet in blood" means to gain a great victory (Psalms 58:10) And Wine, from its red colour, is called "the blood of the grape" (Genesis 49:11) The Blood and water issued from our Saviour's side when it was pierced by the Roman soldier (John 19:34) This has led pathologists to the conclusion that the proper cause of Christ's death was a ruptured heart. (Psalms 69:20) of a truth, it was, but the main factor was the fact that He (Jesus Christ) has been sadlled with the responsibility to come and fulfill what Easter represents.


D. THE SPEAKING BLOOD

Of a truth without the scriptures, no one will ever agree to the fact that blood do speak. But reading through Genesis 4:8-10, it is laid bare that blood has a voice and do speak. "Now Cain talked with Abel his brother; and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother and killed him. Then the Lord said to Cain, “Where is Abel your brother?” He said, “I do not know. Am I my brother’s keeper?” And He said, “What have you done? The voice of your brother’s blood cries out to Me from the ground" Genesis 4:8-10 NKJV


The actions of Cain could be traced to his parent. Adam and Eve had not obeyed God as seen in Genesis 3:6, which was the first evil deed. Then Cain did another evil. After that, evil things spread through the earth. Shelding  human blood, the murderer was to be punished (Genesis 9:5) The blood of the murdered "cries for vengeance" (Genesis 4:10) The "avenger of blood" was the nearest relative of the victim, and he was required by law to avenge his death (Numbers 35:24, 27) No satisfaction could be made for the guilt of murder (Numbers 35:31)


WHAT DOES BLOOD THE SPEAKS?

In the providence of God, blood has a voice crying to him to which he cannot but give heed. It is vain, then, to attempt concealment of blood crime. As read in the scriptures, it is obvious that the blood of Abel called for both justice and revenge (Genesis 4:10 AMP, GNB)



E. THE HEALING AND REDEEMING BLOOD

From Bible stand point, the blood of Jesus Christ proffers solution to all kinds of infirmities because His blood speaks better things than that of Abel; Whereas, the blood of Abel calls for vengeance, that of Jesus Christ calls for healing and repentance. "You have come to Jesus, who arranged the new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that promises much better things than does the blood Of Abel" (Hebrews 12:24 GNB)


Of a truth, at this time of Worldwide lockdown due to a pandemic called COVID-19, while it is good to take precautionary measures in order to stay safe, I make bold to tell you that happenings like this are orchestrated so that the name of the Lord may be glorified because, the blood of Jesus Christ is the solution to COVID-19.


It was never by accident that this is coming at a time as this, its a war between the forces of light and darkness which shall be won by light.
As the Bible says in Revelation 1:5 that: "And from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth. To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood" and making us whole in Him.


At some point in time when the Lord would pass through the land of Egypt, there was a command that they shall on the tenth day of the month take to themselves, every man, a lamb according to the house of their fathers which means a lamb for a household without blemish, a representation of Jesus Christ, which shall be kept till the fourteenth day of the same month and shall be killed in the evening, using the blood to strike the two side upper posts of the houses for the Lord will pass through the land of Egypt and smite all the firstborn of Egypt both men and animals and at the sight of the blood, He will pass over the household and never cause any death therein. This memorial is enough to empower all children of God that COVID-19 is just but a joke before the precious blood of Jesus Christ


I proclaim to you dear reader, that the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ is still potent, after all these years. What you need to do is to give Him your life and see the blood work for you perfectly in Jesus' name.


Happy Easter,
Stay in the manifold grace of God.

But remember, stay safe, take precautionary measures and remain blessed in Jesus' name.

Shalom!!

OLOGUNAYE-JACOBS 
Assembly Pastor, Christ Apostolic Church Òkè Ìbùkún English MEGA Assembly, OSOSAMI, Òke Ado, Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria

08038401553, 08088824344, 08151616145.

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