Frontlines: Beyond Duty (Jesus – The Best Example)

I have known a lot of fictional superheroes - Superman, Batman, The Avengers, Justice League, X-Men are just few of the popular characters that shaped the minds of the youngsters.  As a child, I used to do a parody of Superman, I used our bath towel as my cape while doing that famous hand gesture while running (that’s how kids fly).  Sounds funny, but it’s true. That is the lighter note of the story.

Here comes the real deal. The world is having battle to the unseen. I am sure by now that Coronavirus is as viral as its name whether on television, radio, YouTube, newspaper and social media. NCov is always on the frontpage. These fictional superheroes are of no help, but we have people as brave as Superman and as courageous as Batman – our Frontlines.

Pandemic bedlam is reigning all across the world and continue causing fear to billions of people. Many lives were already perished as mortality rate is accumulating vastly and wreaked havoc the global economy. This is the major plotline of the world today.

Despite this, we still see silver lining. Our unity during upheavals is visibly seen especially to our frontlines. Our valiant and dedicated doctors, nurses, security forces and some agencies and local sects like maintenance, store helper and street cleaner who disinfect public places, volunteers for relief goods distribution and ALL workers and employees who still work at this time because of the need to work. Thank You! You are our superheroes.

To come full circle, these people who are working to help for the safety of the whole more than their own are totally laudable. When profession is tested into the firebridge of duty and service, then humanity is reborn. Shaped and molded with passion to help others. Founded and framed with a deeper calling for the benefit of others. They are our great chivalrous swordsmen helping our countrymen. They reunite differences, races and ages. Their sacrifices are at the top of the atmosphere showing resilience to every people. Built with great buoyancy, therefore, human race is incapable of sinking. This is what we all need after all.

These remarkable deeds by our frontlines retells me the verses in the Bible. In Isaiah 53:4-5 Surely, He took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed”.

Jesus showed the very good example of how the frontline be. Love is paramount to Jesus. It really hit me hard deep down to my core knowing that these frontlines are brave enough to work beyond duty. But, reminiscing what Jesus did for the salvation of mankind, the sense of guilt is flowing down to my veins. A feeling that will make you fall on your knees and thank Him, praise Him and worship Him endlessly. More than duty, its compassion, love and mercy that brought Him at the Cross of Calvary.

He bore the weight of our cross. He was sentenced to life for the sin He never did. He was punished so that we will all be forgiven. He died so that we all live.  He was pierced, wounded and bruised, and He had to endure all the pain so that we all be healed. He had to suffer shame for us to share His glory. He had to do all these for us to see light in the oubliette of darkness.

1 Peter 2:24 “He Himself bore our sins, in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by His wounds you have been healed.” This must give everyone the claims of gratitude. We were saved not by our own. Not even our riches nor good deeds; neither accolades nor fame; philanthropists nor samaritans would expiate our sins toward salvation. It’s only Jesus. Ephesians 2:8 “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith-and this is not from yourselves, it is a gift of God”. Ephesians 1:7 “In Him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins in accordance with the riches of God’s grace”. It’s all about grace. Ephesians says it all. This reminds me of a song “What a Beautiful Name it is”. One of the lines says, “My sin was great; your love is greater”. Jesus, your Name is not just beautiful and powerful, it is my life.

In this time where death threatens mankind because of the NCov pandemonium, as we think and thank our frontlines because of their bravery and courage to help our community, more than applause they need more our prayers. Undeniably, an act that cannot be shunned and discredited by anyone. But, let us not also forget the greatest act of love ever in the history of mankind showed by Jesus. Let us contemplate and meditate with His Word and dwell in His Holy Presence.

While we quarantine ourselves in our rooms, let the door of our houses shut but let the door of hearts open. Jesus is knocking to everyone’s hearts and let us not waste this opportunity. Let us welcome Him with praise and thanksgiving and join Him in His table because there is no place more secure than to be in His hands.

Lastly, the coalition of our prayers and alliance of our faith are our best armor defying gravity of the invisible enemy.

 

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