He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?”
To Get To the Other Side
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There is so much to say about fear.
Especially this week, when we were reminded again of how scary our world can be.
So much of fear is based on the feeling that we are alone.
That we’re sitting in a boat in the middle of the sea and a storm is building around us. And we are afraid we’re alone.
That God has somehow fallen asleep on the job.
So I think we can relate to the disciples’ call during their own storm – not “HELP US JESUS” – but instead they call out “where are you Jesus? Can’t you see we’re dying here?”
They aren’t worried about Jesus fixing things, they want to know they aren’t alone. Their fear is about being alone.
This week was filled with a lot of this kind of crying out, as we watched our country be divided once again by violence and race and hate. And we too have nothing else we can do in the face of this kind of week than turn to Jesus in the boat with us and say “where are you?”
Notice how whenever God appears in Scripture, God does not say: “there’s nothing to be afraid of” but instead: “do not be afraid” Because there is a lot to be afraid of. But despite all that scary stuff, we are not alone.
But here’s the thing – Jesus is in that boat with us.
During the storms. In the midst of the things that are scaring us, that are killing us, Jesus is there. We are not alone.
Do not be afraid. No darkness, no storm, no hate, can overcome the love that God has for us, that God shows us through Jesus.
“The light has come into the darkness, and the darkness cannot overcome it.”
Questions to Ponder/Discuss
No discussion questions today… instead I have two things for you to do:
2. Lastly, read (or read and listen) to this sermon from Pastor Nadia Boltz Weber.
It is powerful and challenging and so true. We are not alone, and more importantly – the one who is with us is so big, so powerful… our awe-inspiring God.