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Sunday Devotional: Fear no one

Matthew 10:26-33

Jesus said to the Twelve:
“Fear no one.
Nothing is concealed that will not be revealed,
nor secret that will not be known.
What I say to you in the darkness, speak in the light;
what you hear whispered, proclaim on the housetops.
And do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul;
rather, be afraid of the one who can destroy
both soul and body in Gehenna.
Are not two sparrows sold for a small coin?
Yet not one of them falls to the ground without your Father’s knowledge.
Even all the hairs of your head are counted.
So do not be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.
Everyone who acknowledges me before others
I will acknowledge before my heavenly Father.
But whoever denies me before others,
I will deny before my heavenly Father.”

I don’t know how it came to be that so many view Jesus the Christ as an effeminate wimp.

Is it because He allowed Himself to be tortured and crucified, without protest or fighting back?

But do they not know that Jesus’ suffering and death were redemptive and restitutory?

The dictionary defines “restitution” as reparation made by giving an equivalent as compensation for loss, damage, or injury caused.

Every wrong must be rectified. But our first parents’ fall was so cataclysmic that  not only was human nature itself perverted so that all of Adam and Eve’s progeny would be born with the stain of Original Sin with an inclination to evil (fomes peccati: tinder for sin), no man could restitute for that first sin. Only God Himself, in the person of the Son, could make amends — by becoming incarnate, and to be tortured, suffer and die on a cross.

As Jesus explained in Luke 22:22: “for the Son of Man indeed goes as it has been determined.” 

Jesus couldn’t be further from being an effeminate wimp.

A physical laborer — carpenter — by trade, Jesus must have been brawny and strong. He would have to be strong to withstand being whipped until the flesh on His back was stripped, have 1″-2″ long thorns pierced into his head (try piercing your scalp with just a pin), carry a cross weighing 75-125 lbs, then be nailed to a cross by 5″-7″ long iron spikes. (See “Good Friday: Remembering His Passion and Sacrificial Love“)

Nor does Jesus expect us to be wimps.

He instructed us in Luke 22:36: “if you don’t have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one.” 

He didn’t mean a spiritual sword. By “sword,” He meant it literally.

Furthermore, why would He tell us to acquire a sword if He doesn’t expect and want us to use it in self defense?

The equivalent of a sword today is a gun. Molon labe!

Just be sure you acknowledge Him before others because if you don’t, He will not acknowledge you before the Father.

And may the peace and love of Jesus Christ our Lord be with you,

~Eowyn

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