Friday, September 21, 2012

Do not Fear

Luke 8:49-56 (ESV)
While he was still speaking, someone from the ruler's house came and said, "Your daughter is dead; do not trouble the Teacher any more." [50] But Jesus on hearing this answered him, "Do not fear; only believe, and she will be well." [51] And when he came to the house, he allowed no one to enter with him, except Peter and John and James, and the father and mother of the child. [52] And all were weeping and mourning for her, but he said, "Do not weep, for she is not dead but sleeping." [53] And they laughed at him, knowing that she was dead. [54] But taking her by the hand he called, saying, "Child, arise." [55] And her spirit returned, and she got up at once. And he directed that something should be given her to eat. [56] And her parents were amazed, but he charged them to tell no one what had happened.
“Do not fear; only believe and she will be well.” I am not always sure why we fear. But we do. We fear many things, and we rarely fear that which we should. God is the one we should fear most, and most never get around to caring about him, much less fearing him. Not today. Even those who believe in God tend not to think there is anything to fear there. There is a lot to fear. At least there would be if it wasn’t for Jesus Christ who died that we might live. Again Jesus tells us not to fear but believe. The parents believe and their daughter is made well. Jesus brings her back from the dead. I’m not sure how he expects them to keep that secret. But in any case we see the power of faith, it is the power of life itself. Dead in our trespasses we are raised to new life in Jesus Christ through faith.

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