And so it turns out that the next fashionable thing to do now is to show off your covid-19 vaccine shot and "shame" those "conspiracy theorists" who said it was dangerous, and even Pastors are not left out. Well we see the picture you took while your shot was administered, what we don't get to see is the various allergic reactions you are having when you are all alone in your room. Or will you post the video of that for us to see? Well except this Astra Zeneca's shot is not having much effect on Africans as it is having on other European nations of the world where its use has been put on hold for now. It will then mean then that there is something about we blacks: covid-19 didn't work on us(kill us) and also it's vaccine! Back to original thoughts: showing off your vaccine shot cannot convince me to get one no matter how beautiful you look while taking the shot or anointed or popular as a man of God!
The question still persists for me, what is it that makes covid-19 different from your seasonal flu? Your malaria? To date, there is nowhere in the world where the virus has been isolated, cultured, and identified as THIS IS THE COVID-19 VIRUS! That's why no one can say when they do testing that this is what they are testing for. No one can say this is the element that is present in covid-19 that isn't present in other diseases and ailments. This is standard science all along, and so if no one has identified the virus so what vaccine are you been administered with? If you can't identify the problem how can you proffer the solution?
Well, I saw a popular pastor admonishing his members to have faith in the vaccine! A wrong statement. Science is factual, not divine. I don't need to have faith in anything factual. The empirical data available should be able to convince me to take it. But alas the controversy surrounding the vaccine is well documented: too many deaths and too many injuries, hence they are sending Pastors to people to urge them to have faith in the vaccine! You won't get such an advice from me, it's not my calling! There is only one piece of advice I give, only one message I preach: have faith in the Lord Jesus Christ! Isn't that why he died on the cross of Calvary? Isn't that the reason for Easter?
This is the tragedy for the church: Easter is not a yearly celebration of the life of Christ, but a daily manifestation of the Life of Christ. He died so we could manifest his life daily here on earth. If we live in that reality we won't need a time like this called "EASTER" to remind ourselves of that. Do I need to remind myself of my name? A special day to do that? When something has become your reality you don't need a daily or yearly reminder for it! What has become your daily reality becomes your daily experience! The reality of the death and the resurrection of Jesus is my daily experience, my daily thought, my daily life!
The Bible has some things to say here:
||| Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so, we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection ||| Romans 6:4-5
Read that again the key statement here is "that like as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the father, EVEN SO, WE ALSO SHOULD WALK IN THE NEWNESS OF LIFE"! In other words, the resurrection of Christ is our spiritual access or passport into the newness of life. The resurrected life is the new life, the new life is the resurrected life! Now, what is this resurrected life? Scriptures gavee us further insights in 1 Corinthians 15.
||| So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption. It is sown in dishonor; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power: It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body. And so it is written, the first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit |||
- 1 Corinthians 15:42-45
This is the reality of the resurrected life: it is above corruption, it is package in a spiritual body that is controlled by a quickening spirit! This was the life Christ was raised to and this is the life I should live daily! This should be my daily reality and experience! This I should live in all the days of my life and not just be " reminded of" every Easter! Easter is not a yearly celebration of the new life in Christ, it is a daily manifestation of the new life in Christ!
When a man of God forgets the reality of Easter that is when he becomes an apostle for vaccination rather than one for the communion we receive through the blood of Jesus! When a believer forgets that he now has a spiritual body that is when he is afraid he would catch any virus or bothered about getting a shot of vaccine to stay safe! I believe that by Christ's death on the cross of cavalry and by his resurrection I have been. bought with a price(and that was His blood) and therefore I glorify God in my body and in my spirit which is the Lord's!
||| For God bought you with a HIGH PRICE. So you must honor God with your body |||
It was a high price to pay, giving his own Son making him shed his blood. And that blood was the price for my total redemption! Hallelujah! Let's see how the amplified version put this:
||| You were bought with a price [you were purchased with the precious blood of Jesus and made His own]. So then, honor and glorify God with your body |||
The consequence of that price is that from henceforth my body must honor God: no sin, no sickness, no disease, takes over my body, for by His stripes I was healed. This is the reality of the new life in Christ, I live in that reality so there is no room for thinking a certain vaccine is what I need, that's for natural bodies not for a spiritual body like I have. And many of us have raised children without vaccines or immunization and some are not even believers In Christ, they just don't believe in vaccines! Period!
I preached what I believe, I preach Christ and him crucified and that forever will be the message. Any other message that doesn't promote that faith I will not preach!
One year after, Christ still reigns over every virus, disease and evil in the world. One year after, I leave you to make your choice, and stand on your own faith, I have made my choice! One year after, people showing off their vaccine shot won't convince me to take it because scientifically it does not add up and spiritually I live in the reality of the new life in Christ. If Christ were alive today will he be eager to get a shot?
||| Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world ||| 1 John 4:17
||| Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so, send I you ||| John 20:21
||| Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my father ||| John 14: 12
He is now with the father, the Holy Spirit is now here, how many are ready to put their faith on the line and live greater lives, do greater works than Jesus? Isn't that the reason for Easter, that as He is so shall we too be in the world?
HAPPY EASTER MANIFESTATION!