Perhaps even more than ever, we need to remember this truth, “Jesus Casts Out Fears.”
In the world, Jesus is an ever-present help to those who follow Him. The followers of Jesus today do not need to wait for Him to come to them when they are afraid, as the disciples in a boat on the Sea of Galilee had to wait for Jesus during a storm. Jesus came to them when they were terrified, and Jesus cast out their fears with the words, “It is I; do not be afraid.”
Before Jesus died on the cross, Jesus told His disciples that His death, resurrection and ascension into heaven would be for their benefit. From that time on, Jesus would always be with them and they would never need to wait for Him again. Jesus made His promises to all the children of God. When we are fearful or in trouble, we do not need to wait for Jesus to come to us; for Jesus is with us now. In the Kingdom of God, Jesus helps people with loving understanding, and He is always with His followers.
Listen to some of Jesus’ promises that we will study more deeply in the weeks ahead:
“If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate (or Helper), to be with you forever” (John 14:15-16).
“Nevertheless I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Advocate (or Helper) will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you” (John 16:7).
After the Day of Pentecost, we never read of a child of God or follower of Jesus missing the presence of Jesus. Because Jesus is the Son of God, through the Holy Spirit (the Advocate or Helper), Jesus is present with and within every Christian wherever they are all around the world. When we are afraid and need Jesus’ help, we can go to Jesus immediately because He has made His home within us. As His followers, Jesus lives within us for we are God’s temple as the Apostle Paul reminds us in 1 Corinthians 3:16 — “Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you?”
Today, wherever we might be, Jesus says to all God’s children, “I am within you; do not be afraid.” If we have doubts, the Bible has told us how to become a child of God: “But to all who received him (Jesus), who believed in his (Jesus) name, he (Jesus) gave power to become children of God, who were born, not of blood or of the will of the flesh or of the will of man, but of God” (John 1:12-13). The children of God believe Jesus and believe in Jesus as their Lord and Savior.
The Bible is filled with encouraging words for Christians. For another example, in Hebrews 13:5-6, we read, “Keep your lives free from the love of money, and be content with what you have; for he has said, ‘I will never leave you or forsake you.’ So we can say with confidence, ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can anyone do to me?’”
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