What have you to fear? In His Word 7-20-2020

What have you to fear? 

Have you ever been afraid to speak for fear of repercussions? There were people in the days that
Jesus walked the earth who were so afraid to believe that He was the Messiah that they never mentioned it because they thought that they would be kicked out of the Temple! These were Jewish leaders who froze in their tracks, one must wonder if the made it to heaven or died in their sin of omission?

But the people couldn’t believe, for as Isaiah also said, “The Lord has blinded their eyes and hardened their hearts—so that their eyes cannot see, and their hearts cannot understand, and they cannot turn to me and have me heal them.” Isaiah was referring to Jesus when he said this, because he saw the future and spoke of the Messiah’s glory.  Many people did believe in him, however, including some of the Jewish leaders. But they would not admit it for fear that the Pharisees would expel them from the synagogue.  For they loved human praise more than the praise of God.
Jesus shouted to the crowds, “If you trust me, you are trusting not only me, but also God who sent me. For when you see me, you are seeing the one who sent me. I have come as a light to shine in this dark world, so that all who put their trust in me will no longer remain in the dark. I will not judge those who hear me but don’t obey me, for I have come to save the world and not to judge it. But all who reject me and my message will be judged on the day of judgment by the truth I have spoken. I don’t speak on my own authority. The Father who sent me has commanded me what to say and how to say it.  And I know his commands lead to eternal life; so I say whatever the Father tells me to say.” John 12:37-50

Jesus came to earth as man so that we could believe. All that the Pharisees had to do was read their own text to understand, but they did not see it. I think it was because they loved the power they had over the people, they had all they needed and then some. If they admitted they had been wrong at first and that Jesus was the Lord, the Messiah said to come, they may loose that power. Power over other people is an intoxicating thing for some people! When that power is taken from us, even simple things like the power to go walking in the store without a mask, can seem like a huge thing. It can leave us feeling helpless and meaningless.
God has a plan for you and I, just as He had a plan when He came to earth to walk among us; He planned to save us from our sins. He planned to teach us of His ways and show us how to walk in His paths for us! How to follow Him.
You know, if the Jewish leaders had realized, I mean really thought about it, Jesus was the one to listen to and with the belief in Him for real they would not have feared for repercussion from man because following God is what they should have been doing in the first place! Later Paul will come to his senses when he meets Jesus on the road to Damascus, but what happened with the rest of them we only can imagine. Even if people do not seem to be believers we need to love one another, treat them as Jesus did those who did not believe. He told them the truth and allowed them to figure it out.
Keep on loving each other as brothers and sisters. Don’t forget to show hospitality to strangers, for some who have done this have entertained angels without realizing it! Remember those in prison, as if you were there yourself. Remember also those being mistreated, as if you felt their pain in your own bodies. Give honor to marriage and remain faithful to one another in marriage. God will surely judge people who are immoral and those who commit adultery. Don’t love money; be satisfied with what you have.
For God has said, “I will never fail you. I will never abandon you.” So we can say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper,  so I will have no fear.   What can mere people do to me?”
 Remember your leaders who taught you the word of God. Think of all the good that has come from their lives and follow the example of their faith. Hebrews 13:1-9

If we follow the example of those who truly were following Christ then, we too will walk where He walks, following the path that Jesus has laid before us. We just need to keep our eyes on God and listen to the teaching of Godly men and women who line up with the Word in what they preach or teach. If they do not line up, then let them know, or let them go.
Do not follow the wrong path. It can be so easy to get excited and follow a crowd, but that crowd could lead you off the edge of a cliff! Be careful who you listen to, then follow the Christ where He leads you.

Dear Heavenly Father, give us discernment to know the truth, and the true path You have put before us, help us to follow only after You and Your people. In Jesus name, amen,
Suggested Readings: Hebrews 13:1-25, John 12:1-50 and Hebrews 12:1-29