Antidote for Fear

Matthew 17

17 And after six days Jesus took with him Peter and James, and John his brother, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became white as light. And behold, there appeared to them Moses and Elijah, talking with him. And Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good that we are here. If you wish, I will make three tents here, one for you and one for Moses and one for Elijah.” He was still speaking when, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my beloved Son with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.” When the disciples heard this, they fell on their faces and were terrified. But Jesus came and touched them, saying, “Rise, and have no fear.” And when they lifted up their eyes, they saw no one but Jesus only.

It is sad to me that so many of us live our lives in fear. Fear of not being popular; fear of not making the team; fear of  getting hurt, or making a bad grade, or forgetting our lines in the school play. Fear of rejection when you ask that pretty girl out. Fear of not getting a job, or that we might lose our job. Fear of sickness, germs, weather, the economy, our kids getting hurt or embarrassing us. You name it – there is something somewhere for us to fear.

Now, as “real” men, we would say we don’t really worry about stuff, or that those kinds of things don’t really bother us. But deep down inside, when no one is watching or listening, when no one else is around – we can admit that there are many things in this life that cause us to worry / fear.

Some of us admit it, and try to deal with it. Some try to sweep it under the rug and puff our chests out in an attempt to say “I am a man”, and “nothing scares me”. Well, Jesus knows. He knows what everyone else doesn’t know about you (and me). And, He has a specific, personal word for each of us.

I love the passage in Matthew that began this post. Getting to be eye-witnesses to the bright cloud of God, and getting to hear His voice – sent them to their faces – shaking in fear. I think each of us would have had the same reaction. When we encounter the Creator of the universe, the great I AM – we don’t fold our arms and casually observe what He is up to. We don’t passively sit and unemotionally spectate.

Like Peter, we shut up. We quit offering our advice and opinions – and we hit our face. There is nothing to say. There is nothing I need to add. This is about the King.

What really strikes me is what happens next. Jesus comes over and touches them. ( I love it that He is always wanting to come to us, and touch us) then speaks the words He is speaking still to you and me today….. Don’t be afraid. It goes on to say, and when they lifted up their eyes, they saw no one but Jesus only.

The antidote for fear – is Jesus. The Bible says “perfect love casts out fear”, and Jesus is perfect love. He is the personification of the God whose character, and nature is love. He is love itself.

Whatever our fear, or worry or anxiety – the key to overcoming is the same – when they lifted up their eyes, they saw no one but Jesus only. If we will see Jesus only, the object of our fear will melt away. He loves us unconditionally, He has great plans for our life, He is for us, He is good, He is all powerful, He can be trusted, He is sovereign – and He is faithful! Amen?

Fear melts away in the presence of Jesus.

Let’s rise up, and lift our eyes, and see no one…but Jesus.

 

In His perfect love,

Rob