Within the space of ten verses in Matthew chapter 10, Jesus assures us that we are to fear not because we are of more value than many sparrows, but also assures us that, to follow him, we must lose our lives (Matt. 10:29-39). Fear not, but confidently expect a sword, a cross, death, for the sake of this Father who numbers the very hairs of your head.
He says that He did not come to bring peace, but a sword (Matt. 10: 34). Yet elsewhere, He says that He gives His peace to us, leaves His peace with us, not as the world gives peace, but His own peace (John 14:27). He says we’ll have tribulation in the world, but to take courage, because He has overcome it (John 16:33).
It’s hard for me to see: peace, but also a sword. Frightening, painful things, but no fear.
The Psalmist says that those who love the Lord’s law have great peace, and nothing causes them to stumble (Psalm 119:165). But he doesn’t say that there won’t be things to stumble upon.
Somehow, this is the world which is overcome by dying in it. The life which is found by losing it.
His followers are the overwhelming conquerors who are being put to death all day long, and they follow the King whose hands were pierced for the sins of the world His hands had made. He of no sin became sin, making us, sinners, the righteousness of God.
See Him. Take Courage. Fear not.
©2014 by Stacy Nott