Because Jesus predicted the end times will be marked by pestilence (Luke 21:11; see also Rev 6:7-8), we mustn’t be surprised when modern medicine is unable to offer a quick and easy solution. This tiny, even microscopic, virus not only affects financial markets and sporting events, it also reminds us of our own frailty, the limitations of the world’s brightest scientists, and the certainty of our own mortality should the Lord tarry. However, Scripture reminds us that there is one with the power to heal every disease. Matthew 9:35 records that Jesus “went throughout all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction.” Jesus’ earthly miracles validated his identity and also provide a foreshadowing of what we expect when his kingdom is fully established at his return. Revelation 21:4-5 promises, “He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.’ He who was seated on the throne said, ‘I am making everything new!’”
In the midst of this uncertainty, we can be certain that God is with us (Ps 46). The work Jesus inaugurated at the resurrection will be brought to completion and—at that time—every disease and pestilence will be no more. As we await the return of our King, Jesus urges us to pray. We should pray for this virus to pass, for the protection of our most vulnerable, and wisdom for those working on a vaccine.
If you’re curious, my classmate from seminary who is serving as a Pastor in China wrote--what I consider to be--a thoughtful article for the Gospel Coalition.
River Oaks Community Church