Easter has come and gone, bringing a fresh message of life and hope to believers everywhere.
It was a timely reminder of our deep need for Christ’s work and His Gospel in our lives.
Thankfully, our leadership recognized the theme of Easter as well.
Watch the President’s Easter address where he urged every American to cultivate a relationship with God.
Before the Coronavirus Task Force briefing on Good Friday, President Trump gave an Easter message to the nation.
“On this Good Friday, Christians from all around the world remember the suffering and death upon the cross of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ,” Trump began. “At Easter Sunday, we will celebrate His glorious resurrection.”
The President emphasized the hope offered by Easter Sunday, realizing that the coronavirus task force briefing to follow might be cause for anxiety and discouragement in many listeners.
He also acknowledged that church closures and social distancing guidelines would make for strange Easter celebrations for many Christians around the country.
“[We can’t] gather together with one another as we normally would on Easter,” Trump said.
But he quickly added that this was no reason to forsake our collective and individual pursuits of Christ.
“[We can still] use this sacred time to focus on prayer, reflection, and growing in our personal relationship with God. So important.”
The President urged all Americans to seek God, to prioritize Him, and pray for His work throughout the coronavirus pandemic.
Prayer, especially, is critical in this historical moment.
“I ask all Americans to pray that God will heal our nation; to bring comfort to those who are grieving; to give strength to the doctors, nurses, and healthcare workers; to restore health to the sick; and to renew the hope in every person who is suffering,” President Trump said.
“Our nation will come through [this] like never before. Many families [have prayed] for me and for my family.”
“Your prayers are felt, and I am forever grateful,” Trump continued emotionally.
“[As America] battles the invisible enemy [of COVID-19], we reaffirm that Americans believe in the power of prayer.”
“We give thanks for the majesty of creation and for the gift of eternal life. And we place our trust in the hands of Almighty God.”
Trump quoted from Isaiah 60 to underline this theme of trust: “Darkness covers the Earth…but the Lord rises upon you, and His glory appears over you…For the Lord will be your everlasting light.”
The President later added that he would be attending an online Easter Sunday service hosted by Pastor Robert Jeffress of First Baptist Dallas, Texas, acknowledging, however, that “a laptop is not the same as being in his church or being in another church.”
His statement set an example for continued Christian fellowship in these times.
After concluding his address, the President invited Christian leaders to pray over the country and the global situation.
Bishop Harry Jackson, senior pastor of Hope Christian Church in Beltsville, Maryland, led a moving prayer for the President, the nation, and the relief efforts of those fighting the pandemic.
“Lord, let the death angel pass over. Let there be a mitigation of this plague, this disease. Let medical science come forth,” Bishop Jackson prayed.
“Lord, let us come out with a thriving economy. That silver and gold spoken of in that passage, let it be our portion.”
“Lord, let e pluribus unum be a reality in us,” Jackson continued, praying for an end to “the spirit of division” prevailing in the nation. “Let there be a uniting of America. Heal the divide between race, class, and gender.”
Jackson also thanked President Trump for his leadership throughout the coronavirus crisis, noting that many churches have been included and prioritized in relief efforts.
Others joined Jackson in thanking God for the President’s leadership and his continued efforts to prioritize prayer and have a relationship with God.
“We are grateful to [President Trump] for his leadership during this crisis and join him in rejoicing during this Easter weekend and praying for our country and leaders as well as doctors, nurses, first [responders], and the many people affected by this virus,” wrote one group.
“We are believing God for healing and restoration for our country.”
Let’s join our President and many others in unceasing prayer for America and the world – and let’s take up Trump’s call and focus on seeking God during this season!
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