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Don't be afraid

 

Don’t be afraid.

Jesus told his followers many times not to be afraid. And they had a lot to be afraid of. I often wonder what that encouragement from His lips must have looked like, and how it was received. I think by understanding what He came here to do, to give me peace and life, I can get fairly close.

In the early first century Jerusalem, the holy city of the Jews, was under Roman control. This had to have been very hard but it was at least stable. Repeated uprisings, however, led to the final Roman sacking of Jerusalem and the horrible bloodshed that ensued. 

When Jesus told his followers “Do not be afraid” He could see the future destruction of the city, and the people, just 40 years or so into the future. He understood they would be dispersed and their homeland changed forever. He knew many, many of them would die. This was an earthly event coming to His beloved, his Body, and He was trying to encourage her to place her faith somewhere else apart from an earthly king. The warnings, in the end, were understood to be not only for the Jew, but for the ever accumulating Jewish Christ Followers, and not only for the first century believers, but the Christ Followers in the days to come.

The world we live in today is very different from the first century, but it has all the violence and then some, including dangerous challenges to Christ Followers.  This is scary, and uncertain, but the remedy for the day remains the same. In that, nothing has changed. But I won’t see this truth unless I put on a different set of glasses. Faith glasses!

Without my Faith glasses, I can only see death and destruction of people, of the earth, of homes and businesses, and of stable leadership in the world. Pretty bleak really. But if I put on the Glasses of Faith, I see something very different. 

Don’t be afraid. I have overcome the world. 

My perspective has changed. I see not only wicked leaders but a broken world deeply in need of a Savior. I see not only robbers, rapists, and child molesters, but broken people in need of healing for body, soul, and mind. I see not only a damaged landscape but an entire planet just waiting to be restored to its former beauty by its Creator. Jesus is the remedy for the Human condition on all levels. He is the only remedy.

This world, and humanity, is in bad shape. But Jesus has made a way to redeem it. The planet is in rough shape too. But The Lord has a plan for its redemption as well. Isn’t that good news? One need only accept His plan and run with it! Soon, everything is different. Hope abounds and the love of God for His Creation, His love for us, is evident everywhere! In this place no matter what happens those who call Him Lord will live in peace and hope, not fear, because He has overcome. All His Followers need do is live out what He has already done. And that is good news indeed!

 

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Kathy Osborne Kathy Osborne is the editor of the Co Op Country Store's newspaper, the Co Op Round-Up. In her spare time she checks in on her three grown children, or listens to her husband play music.

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