Sermon: Hope from the Stump of Jesse (Isaiah 11:1–10)

Note: this sermon was originally preached at Grace Church Elizabethtown (PCA) in Elizabethtown, KY on March 8, 2020. It does not reflect most recent data on the spread of COVID-19.

I suspect that most if not all of us have likely heard about the outbreak of the novel Coronavirus. If you go to the main page of any news website, you will likely see an article or two on the novel Coronavirus. Last Friday, governor Andy Beshear called for a state of emergency after Kentucky’s first case of novel Coronavirus was confirmed in Lexington.

According to the Center for Disease Control, over 90 countries have confirmed cases of the virus, and over 30 U.S. states have at least one confirmed case of this virus.

In the majority of cases this virus has minor effects, but in some cases it causes severe illness and even death. The fatality rate can be hard to estimate because there are so many variables that need to be controlled for, but the received consensus is that the actual case fatality rate is somewhere between 0.5% and 2%, though this percentage is higher for the elderly and those with previous severe medical conditions. Continue reading “Sermon: Hope from the Stump of Jesse (Isaiah 11:1–10)”