Summary: We have an unique experience in the midst of this pandemic
Exodus 12:27 That ye shall say, It is the sacrifice of the LORD'S, Passover who passed over the houses of the children of Israel in Egypt, when he smote the Egyptians, and delivered our houses. And the people bowed the head and worshipped.
1 Corinthians 5:7 Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us:
I was thinking how interesting it is that we are quarantined as we head into Passover. God did keep His people from the plagues by having them in a different place than the Egyptians and kept them in the house when the death angel came through yet we have people who think using common sense and avoiding the plague is a sign of fear rather than faith. I think their faith is folly and avoiding is common sense that is not tempting God. Noah was quarantined for a year and it was a good thing. I do not suspect we will be in for a year.
Indeed, if we are not allowed to have services on Passover/Easter I will not be upset. I do not want people to die. It would just be good if we did not get the "all clear" until afterwards.
What better place to really understand the Passover, which is when Christ shed His blood for us than to be sheltered at home? No fancy anything. No addons to the event. Just a sample of what it was like back then.
I once read where a church in Dallas put on a $250,000 program for Passover/Easter. I am sure it was grand or should have been for that kind of money. I wonder how much two timbers and three nails cost to crucify Him. Where could those funds have been better used? If a bunch of people were saved then it might be justified. Not sure how many, if any, were saved, but it was a grand production.
We have a time to look at our priorities and see what really matters. Our relationship with Christ that requires no pageants, rituals or even buildings. To be still and know that He is God. Our families. To finally be grateful for the things we have like necessities rather than the "finer things" of life. Indeed, to just be grateful for life.
While this plague is about death, God can use it to bring new life to those who come to Jesus in their fear and confusion to be saved. New life or revival of the Church as it gets away from the routine to see what it's real mission is rather than services that are all about us. May new life come in the midst of death! Maranatha!