Mark 10:32 NKJV Now they were on the road, going up to Jerusalem, and Jesus was going before them; and they were amazed. And as they followed they were afraid. Then He took the twelve aside again and began to tell them the things that would happen to Him:
Jesus and His disciples were traveling to Jerusalem for what Jesus knew to be the last time. The disciples were committed to follow Him and though they were accompanying Him, they were amazed by the readiness and cheerfulness of Jesus at traveling to a city where He has so much opposition and so many powerful enemies. Though Jesus was fearlessly leading the way the disciples became increasingly afraid the closer they came to Jerusalem. “Then He took the twelve aside again and began to tell them the things that would happen to Him:”
In ministering to His now fearful disciples, Jesus instructed them about the plan of God for the redemption of mankind. He taught them from the Scripture prophecies that foretold of the events about to unfold in His suffering, death by crucifixion and subsequent resurrection from the dead. This was Jesus’ method to address their fears… He boldly told them He would die. Thankfully, He also told them He would raise again. He preached to them the good news of the Gospel.
We live in turbulent times for sure. New threats and terrors are occurring daily in the world around us, but like Jesus’ first disciples our Lord Has sought to silence our fears with His Word.
He told us that the world would become increasingly volatile, that wars and race conflicts, natural disasters and terror would regularly occur (Matt 24) as signs of His return. The Bible tells us of the early churches persecutions and we see a rise in the persecution of the Church of today as well, but He doesn’t want us to fear. And the answer to the fears we face today is the same answer that He gave to His disciples on that last trip to Jerusalem. The answer is the Gospel.
It is the Gospel of Christ that allows us to boldly and fearlessly walk in turbulent times. Jesus suffered, was crucified, and rose again rescuing us from death, redeeming us from sin. When we place our faith in Him our eternity is secured and peace is found. Because of what Jesus has done for you and me and the promises found in the Word to reside in peace no matter the external storm we can live fearless in life. Maybe it’s time to take some time aside with the Lord and allow God the Holy Spirit, our teacher to review all He’s done and secured for us through Christ. The Gospel Message will free you from fear. Fear Not!