Saturday, April 5, 2008
Matthew 28:1-10 Don't Be Afraid
It seems that fear grips almost everyone. “An ABC News/Washington Post poll released Tuesday revealed that 98 percent of Americans live in fear of a full 98 percent of other Americans. "Between the criminal element, salesmen, religious zealots, alcoholics, minorities, immigrants, fast-driving teens, employers and panhandlers, a total of 49 in 50 Americans present a fearsome image to the vast majority of their fellow citizens," the report read. Newborn babies, the elderly and the infirm are believed to comprise the non-feared 2 percent.” While these numbers seem high to me, it seems that we live in a culture everyone is afraid of almost everyone else. An equally surprising numbers is the number of phobias that plague the American population. It is amazing to believe that fear was the response of many that witnessed the resurrection. In the Matthew 28 account of the resurrection the both the guards and the women at the tomb first reaction was fear. We first hear the angels tell the women not to be afraid. Moments later we hear the words from Jesus, “Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me." We are invited into an encounter – a relationship – with Christ that can break the bondage of fear and offers redemption, freedom – life. In 2 Timothy 1:7 Paul tells us “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” (NKJV) We need not be held captive by fear. God intends something much better for us if we can only trust Him.