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Fear not!
May 16 2011
By Rev. Mark Little, Stockholm Lutheran Church, rural Cokato

I have been hearing a lot of “fear talk” lately – from people and from the news.

I am reminded over and over, of how God and Jesus so often said, “Do not fear.” There are so many places in the Bible that remind us not to fear.

God used an angel to tell Mary and Joseph not to fear. Jesus said in Matthew 10:28, “Do not fear those who can kill the body, but cannot kill the soul.” In Luke 5:10 the disciples were not to fear, “for now you will be catching people . . .” And in Luke 12:32, Jesus said, “Do not fear little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” These are just a few places where people are told not to fear.

Most recently, in the Easter Bible readings, we saw more “do not fear” instructions. After Jesus was raised, an angel sitting on the stone outside the tomb told the women to not be afraid. Jesus also spoke to them and also told them to not be afraid.

So, we know that God calls us to not fear, but it can be hard not to be afraid sometimes in our world and in our lives. Even though Osama bin Laden has been killed, even though we have wonderful health care, even though we have so many of the creature comforts of life, we still are afraid.

We fear change, we fear new things, we fear what people will think of us. We have fears of the tax man, of getting caught speeding, of getting cancer, of flunking our science test, of losing a friend, of not finding a spouse . . . add your own fears.

Should “worst come to worst” and things go bad – -even very bad m– where are we, and what are we left with? Are we left alone, bereft of anything, in the depths of despair?

Whether sickness or disease comes your way, or if you have no work, or a relationship is fractured, or flooding takes your home, or even if death is knocking at your door, you need not fear. It is natural to be afraid, but you don’t need to be. You are not alone.

God came to you, and for you, in the life and death of His Son. When you believe this, you have the God of heaven and earth, the guardian of our souls – God Almighty. He is with you, and He promises to be your Savior in this life and the next.

God has power over sin, death, and the power of the devil. Even though your world be shaken, you are never alone. You have hope because Jesus has been raised, and you will be, too.

You need not be afraid – Hallelujah!