Afraid of Jesus?

In the first six chapters of the book of Mark, we find Jesus healing people, casting out demons and calming the storm. The responses from the people vary tremendously. When Jesus healed a demon-possessed man, the people were afraid when they saw the man sitting with Jesus. When Jesus calmed the storm, the disciples were […]

In the first six chapters of the book of Mark, we find Jesus healing people, casting out demons and calming the storm. The responses from the people vary tremendously. When Jesus healed a demon-possessed man, the people were afraid when they saw the man sitting with Jesus. When Jesus calmed the storm, the disciples were afraid of Him. When Jesus sent the legion of demons in the swine, the people were so afraid that they begged Him to leave. Then we have two situations where a woman who had suffered for twelve years touched His cloak, and she was healed. She was afraid to come forward, but eventually she did, although she was afraid. While that was happening, a servant of the synagogue official gave a message that the official’s daughter was dead. Jesus told Jairus to not be afraid but rather, he needed to believe.
In my opinion, all of these situations struck fear on everyone because they didn’t know who Jesus was. Even the disciples knew something about Jesus, but they had no idea what He was going to do. I believe that even now we can react the same way when God wants to work in our lives. We are afraid that He will alter our “normal” lives. We are afraid that He is going to change us. Are we afraid that things won’t be the same? We need to trust where Jesus is taking us. We need to let Him lead us and not be afraid. Don’t be afraid to be like Jesus, for when you do become like Him, your demons, your storms and your trials will not sway your heart from God.

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