A friend of ours posted something very interesting on her Facebook page about today…”Palm Sunday. When we remember Jesus arriving in Jerusalem like a key worker rather than a king.” Simple, yet profound. Jesus Himself said in Matthew 20v28, “the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Surely that is the ultimate definition of a key worker? He rode into town on a donkey, emphasising lowliness and humility, with the sole express purpose of doing everything that He could for a sin-sick world. Jesus came to give His life for us. He became sin for us that we might be free from sin, humbling “himself by becoming obedient to death – even death on a cross!” (Philippians 2v8).
You will be pleased to know that I have started my ring round marathon, as promised, and yesterday I spoke to one of our number who works on the frontline for the NHS. Doctors, nurses, cleaners, porters, everyone on the frontline, no matter what their faith or belief, are reflecting something of Christ in the way they are going about their work, serving us, giving up their normal lives so we can retain some normality in ours, and in some cases literally laying down their lives in the fight against coronavirus.
We really do need to be pounding Heaven’s door on behalf of these key workers. The conversation yesterday covered topics such as more people coming in to hospital, and sicker people, too – the dangers of exhaustion in the staff, and the need for strength and stamina to keep going – on our behalf. Please pray for them – and pray for the Christians among them that they might be able to go the extra mile and show Jesus more clearly because they know Who He is.
And next time you see, or more likely call/skype/facetime/messenger/zoom/houseparty them, honour them. For a Christian, there is no greater honour than being told we are being like Jesus. The world is seeing what we knew to be true all along – that it is humility, service and sacrifice that true humanity, and true greatness are found. That’s a lesson we need to hold on to in the weeks and months ahead, and even more so once this crisis is over.
Doctors, Nurses, anyone who is designated a key worker, in a job that involves serving others, know that Jesus is with you. Know that He understands. Know that He has the power, understanding and wisdom to see you through. And know that you are truly valued, that we are truly grateful, and that we are praying for you