Do Not Be Afraid – Christ is Risen

Read Isaiah 53 — all of it! Read Matthew 28, which says:

After the Sabbath, as the first day of the week was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to view the tomb. Suddenly there was a violent earthquake, because an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and approached the tomb. He rolled back the stone and was sitting on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his robe was as white as snow. The guards were so shaken from fear of him that they became like dead men.

But the angel told the women, “Don’t be afraid, because I know you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. He is not here! For He has been resurrected, just as He said. Come and see the place where He lay. Then go quickly and tell His disciples, ‘He has been raised from the dead. In fact, He is going ahead of you to Galilee; you will see Him there.’ Listen, I have told you.”

So, departing quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, they ran to tell His disciples the news. Just then[a] Jesus met them and said, “Good morning!” They came up, took hold of His feet, and worshiped Him. 10 Then Jesus told them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell My brothers to leave for Galilee, and they will see Me there.” (Matthew 28)

We can come in the church doors on Sunday and be attacked with fear as soon as we leave. But Jesus has overcome fear:

This has now been made evident through the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus,
who has abolished death
and has brought life and immortality to light
through the gospel. (1 Timothy 1:10)

Fear is “a strong emotion caused by anticipation of danger.” What are you fearing? Political events? The economy? Ecology? Disease? Family events? Violence and crime? Someone else’s salvation?

And what does God say?

Do not fear, for I am with you;
do not be afraid, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you; I will help you;
I will hold on to you with My righteous right hand. (Isaiah 41:10)

The most frequent command given throughout the Bible is “Fear not!” He is with us in every situation. He is always sufficient.

“Your heart must not be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in Me.” (John 14:1)

Fear causes many things: ulcers, cancer, heart conditions… addictions, as you try to relieve or escape feelings of fear… strained relationships… But Jesus will supply all of your wants needs.

There is no fear in love; instead, perfect love drives out fear, because fear involves punishment. So the one who fears has not reached perfection in love. (1 John 4:18)

26 When the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost!” they said, and cried out in fear. 27 Immediately Jesus spoke to them. “Have courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” (Matthew 14)

While he was still speaking, suddenly a bright cloud covered them, and a voice from the cloud said:

This is My beloved Son.
I take delight in Him.
Listen to Him!

When the disciples heard it, they fell facedown and were terrified. Then Jesus came up, touched them, and said, “Get up; don’t be afraid.” (Matthew 17)

35 While He was still speaking, people came from the synagogue leader’s house and said, “Your daughter is dead. Why bother the Teacher anymore?” 36 But when Jesus overheard what was said, He told the synagogue leader, “Don’t be afraid. Only believe.” (Mark 5)

Fear no man and no thing. Fear only God.

The Holy Spirit always leads you into victory! Jesus loves you so much that He gave up His life — He descended into hell to take all authority away from the enemy!

17 When I saw Him, I fell at His feet like a dead man. He laid His right hand on me and said, “Don’t be afraid! I am the First and the Last, 18 and the Living One. I was dead, but look—I am alive forever and ever, and I hold the keys of death and Hades.” (Revelation 1)

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