Banish your fears
Mark 9: 30-32
30 They went on from there and passed through Galilee. He did not want anyone to know it; 31 for he was teaching his disciples, saying to them, ‘The Son of Man is to be betrayed into human hands, and they will kill him, and three days after being killed, he will rise again.’ 32 But they did not understand what he was saying and were afraid to ask him.
“But they did not understand what he was saying and were afraid to ask him.”
The disciples were in an awkward place. Jesus would be betrayed, suffer, and die. The truth was too hard to bear. Have you ever been in that place? When you are unwilling to acknowledge the facts?
Often we fear the important questions because we fear the answers. How could Jesus suffer like that? How could someone so good be killed?
Jesus came to this world to take on our fear. He came to face what we could not, to travel to the cross, alone if necessary. The promise of resurrection enabled him to walk that road. But the disciples did not understand that part. They could not see beyond the betrayal and the sufferings.
The good news is that Jesus welcomes us, even when we do not understand. We need not fear our questions, our misunderstandings, or our confusion, in the presence of the One whose "perfect love casts out all fear.”
I trust in your promises, that you will never fail me nor forsake me.
In moments of fear and uncertainty, I will hold your hand, for I know that you have experienced fearful places, and I know that you have risen again, that you have overcome the world.
In you new life begins. You are my Saviour, and I will shelter in your grace. Amen.