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The Answer to Fear

04.06.16 | Elder's Corner | by Joyce Lemons

    Billy Graham has always been a Christian hero in my eyes. One of my favorite daily devotion books is “Hope for Each Day” by Mr. Graham. I would like to share one of the daily readings.

    The Answer to Fear – Matthew 28:10

    Months after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, psychiatrists reported that people who lived thousands of miles away from those tragic events were still coming to them, unable to sleep and paralyzed by fear. We live in a world shaken by fear, apprehension, and anxiety.

    What is the answer to this stifling fear? After Jesus had been put to death, His disciples huddled in fear behind closed doors, filled with uncertainty and despair. But suddenly they found themselves in the presence of their living Lord, and at His first words their fears disappeared: “Peace to you” (Luke 24:36). The answer to our individual fears is found in a personal faith in the living, glorified Lord.

    And the answer to collective fear is a corporate faith in the living, glorified Lord. The answer to national and international tensions and fears is for the world to know Him who is alive forevermore. We do not worship a dead Christ. We worship a risen Christ, who has broken the power of sin and death and Hell and is alive forevermore. Why, then, should we fear?

    In Christian Love,
    Joyce Lemons, Elder