The New Testament has two book ends I call “Do Not Fear.” The first one began when “an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit” (Matthew 1:20). Under the circumstances, Joseph had much to fear, so the divine message was very important to him. Since Joseph was a righteous man and lived according to what God required of him, he received the message and did not question any further direction from God.
For Joseph and Mary (Luke 1:30), this meant years of walking through the unknown, believing they were well known by God who planned their lives for an eternal purpose. They and the child Jesus were hunted just as if they lived in our cyber world. Right through to the death of Jesus, they had the absolute assurance of God’s guidance and care (John 19:25-27). In fact, Mary was in “the upper room” with the 120 who gathered and waited for the Holy Spirit to come (Acts 1:14).
The Holy Spirit communicated to Joseph and Mary in a similar way that He is still communicating today. Jesus wrote a letter through the quill of John the Apostle to a church that was suffering for being faithful; “Do not fear what you are about to suffer. Behold, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and for ten days you will have tribulation. Be faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown of life” (Revelation 2:10).
If God calls you to a divine mission of faithfully proclaiming the message of Jesus, will you obey and not fear? Will you be faithful unto death?
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