Fear is a form of death that tugs at men’s trousers to bring them down to its level.
Why let fear have its way? We have eternal life through Jesus Christ who defeated death! He shares that victory with us! His victory is OUR victory!
Think about it!
Jesus suffered and died on the cross for you and I! Not for him! He was already eternal! He did it for me. And for you!
Sobering thought isn’t it?
He came to teach, yes. He came to perform miracles to confirm his message, to give evidence that he was who he said he was, yes. But ultimately he came to fulfill the plan of God the Father to reconcile us to Him –that was his mission. His purpose. He made it no secret. Over and over he explained the purpose of his time here on earth.
The short life of Jesus Christ.
The birth of whom we celebrate today.
Was given to you and I.
To reconcile us with God.
And to give us freedom from fear.
Right now. Today. This moment and the next, going forward forever.
“Then he placed his right hand on me and said: ‘Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last.’”
But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”
“Jesus told him, ‘Don’t be afraid; just believe.’”
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
“Peace is what I leave with you; it is my own peace that I give you. I do not give it as the world does. Do not be worried and upset; do not be afraid.”
“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
“For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.”
2 Timothy 1:7
“But now, this is what the Lord says…Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine.”
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
“Tell everyone who is discouraged, Be strong and don’t be afraid! God is coming to your rescue…”