TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11
Scripture: Matthew 28:1-10
Matthew 28:1-10 records the resurrection event where Mary came to Jesus’ empty tomb. We read in verses 9-10, “And as they went to tell His disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, ‘Rejoice!’ So they came and held Him by the feet and worshiped Him. Then Jesus said to them, ‘Do not be afraid. Go and tell My brethren to go to Galilee, and there they will see Me.’” This is the kind of fear that is manifested when people encounter the Lord. It is a good and healthy fear. Do not be afraid, do not fear. It is a deep reverence experienced in a holiness encounter and yet we are not to be afraid. He has covered us with His holiness. We have nothing to fear from God when we are walking with Him, when we represent Him. It is a different issue for those who do not know Him and as such they are going to respond quite differently. But those among God’s Own are repeatedly told by the angels in those encounters, ‘Don’t be afraid.’ The Lord comes as our Friend and not as our enemy. He walks with us in the last days as our Friend, willing to intervene in our behalf, willing to save His Own. Moses discovered that to be very helpful and advantageous when, on more than one occasion, jealous people in the congregation wanted to kill him. It is very beneficial to have God as our Friend. When others want to destroy us, God guarantees we get to finish our race! But we are not the ones who have to be afraid in those situations when facing these adversaries. Those intent to do us harm are the ones that better be afraid, because we know what God is capable of doing as the Omnipotent Judge! The book of Acts records confrontations. The apostles suffered abuse but the Lord delivered them from it to fulfill their race. Jesus had to supernaturally hide Himself twice. Confrontation becomes a major issue in the last days! All of us who name the name of Christ need to settle one primary issue! Are we willing to lose our life for the Lord! Once we settle that issue, Jesus promises that we truly find our lives! No one can take our life from us until we finish our race!