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336. Speak Up

Posted by John Smith on May 26, 2017

John 7:13 NKJV  However, no one spoke openly of Him for fear of the Jews.

The Jewish feast of Tabernacles was at hand and families were busily with their final preparations for the feast.  People were cleaning, picking up items from the market, etc… Just think about the grocery store the day before Thanksgiving or Thanksgiving morning and you’ll probably have a decent picture of the hustle and bustle.  And just like at your family or community gatherings around holidays everyone is swapping stories about the most recent television news broadcasts except in Jerusalem Jesus was the topic of the hour.

Some liked Him.  Some hated Him.  Some believed He was Messiah.  Some thought He was a charlatan.  Unfortunately as seems to be the norm, the doubters, haters, and negative folk were not silent about their thoughts concerning Jesus.  Their bombastic hate filled rhetoric cast fear into the hearts of those that had heard, seen & experienced His teachings, healings, signs, and testimonies of those that were familiar with His ministry, so that the best they could must up was to say that He was good (John 7:12). 

These tactics are favorites of the enemy who continues to use them effectively against the church.  At least the people had not yet experienced the wonder of redemption through Christ nor encountered His amazing grace through which we have been born-again by faith in Him.  Yet there are many such people who have experienced the goodness of His grace and have been radically changed having become a new creation in Christ, but from fear of ridicule, shame, or persecution have been silenced by the clamor of those that refuse to believe.

The word translated “openly” in John 7:13 could also be used as boldly.  It wasn’t that people didn’t say anything, but they just didn’t make it fully know what they believed.  Instead of saying, “Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the Living God” they might’ve said, “Well he really seems like a pretty nice guy to me.”  There is increase in societal pressure to not speak about Jesus and the new life we experience in Him.  Jesus conquered fear on the cross when He gave His life for ours, now we can live in His freedom boldly living for Him.  Don’t give in to the pressure and fear to profess who Jesus is and what He’s done.  He wrote a letter on your heart (2 Corinthians 3:3).  Stand up, read it, and speak up.

“Let us not pray to be sheltered from dangers but to be fearless when facing them.” Rabindanath Tagore

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319. The Gospel Message Will Free You From Fear

Posted by John Smith on January 27, 2017

the-gospel-and-fear-1024x657Mark 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!

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