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“They were on their way to Jerusalem with Jesus leading the way…those who followed were afraid” (Mark 10:32).
They had heard Jesus teach on the green hillsides, they had eaten the bread and fish He miraculously supplied, they had watched boys, girls, men and women touched by His heavenly healing. They believed Him to be the Savior. They followed Him. And now they were afraid. His words now contained the not-so-good news that following meant far more than food and healing and good feelings. Following this Jesus meant walking with Him all the way to the cross in Jerusalem.
We read in the Bible that at the cross only a few women stayed near their bruised and battered Lord, but Scripture and history confirm that the fearful followers eventually returned. Their fear turned into the deep faith that would move mountains of hate, replacing them with love and joy and promise. They would bravely tell the world that following Jesus brings both earthly peace and eternal life. He transforms fear into faith.
Jesus, I’m often afraid on this path of following You, but I’m so grateful that You gently lead and insistently love me in the midst of both faith and fear. I want to be a faith-full follower. Help my faith to grow.
Questions: How do you handle fear when it seems to take over? How can fear be transformed to faith?
About the Author Marilyn J. Ehle