“Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid.” – Matthew 14:27
A loving Saviour looked at His disciples when He spoke the above words and if we had seen them cowering in the boat in the storm we would have wondered how these men would turn the world upside down. But they did.
In the boat with Jesus they were scared, hardly candidates to preach the gospel. But after the day of Pentecost they were transformed and embolden with the power of the Spirit. Jesus was now living in them, fear of men, fear of sickness, demons and the unknown were swept away.
They now walked in love and power.
When the disciples began to preach the gospel in Jerusalem they were confronted by the same people who had yelled for Jesus to be crucified and the same religious leaders who had plotted His death.
But they were not afraid to lay the blame for Jesus’ death with those self-same people and call them murderers. What a contrast to the disciples in the boat. They did not seek vengeance, but spoke the good news of forgiveness and eternal life.
Dwight L Moody, one of America’s greatest evangelists said this in one of his sermons about what the Lord may have said to His disciples as they went out to preach the gospel, “I can imagine Jesus saying, ‘Go and hunt up that man that put the cruel crown of thorns upon My brow, and preach the gospel to him. Tell him he shall have a crown in My kingdom without a thorn in it.’”
The resurrection life of Jesus in us makes all the difference.
Dear heavenly Father, thank You that I need never walk in fear because Jesus has conquered all things. Thank You for the power to live in love and victory every hour of this day.