When We Experience Fear
As He went before us, we are called to follow. The hardest charge is for us to live out the ministry of Jesus in our own lives. For this we need to wear our scars and to show them before all who are without Him on this life journey. The quintessential ingredient we must be in possession of is lack of fear.
The fulfillment of Jesus’ ministry and incarnation is consummated in the Resurrection. The resurrection initiated the chain reaction of witness and proclamation that is culminated in the birth of the Church on the Day of Pentecost. The Church’s mission begins with Jesus’ post-resurrection appearances, though. Here is where they receive the great commission to make disciples, not converts of men and women of every nation and every tongue.
As sons and daughters of the Kingdom, we are enjoined to testify to what we have seen, heard and experienced in our own lives; in short, to show how our scars tells a story as well of recover, redemption and resurrection. As others doubt, we can have others come and see for themselves that God in fact is present, in our midst and reconciling all things to Himself through Jesus Christ. In this story, we are also like Thomas, at times doubting and in need of a physical encounter with Jesus. As fear sets in and seeks to destroy our love for and trust in God – peace is offered and peace is given. The Spirit is imparted and we can in fact, come and see, touch and realize that Jesus is our Lord and our God.