Don’t you think it’s interesting that one of the most repeated commands in the Word of God is “Do not be afraid”? which by the way is NOT a suggestion…it’s a “command”.
Hi, my name is Ulises, and I play the very frightened Christian, running from Roman soldiers after Jesus’ crucifixion in the short film Fear Not. As believers we always talk about Good Friday, and how much our Lord suffered for us, and of course we celebrate Resurrection Sunday and all it implies for eternity…BUT we never talk about the day in between…the day of not knowing, uncertainty, betrayal, the silence, despair, FEAR. The day when no one remembered His teachings, no one remembered that He already said how it will all happen, that day where death and capture by Roman guards was all they could think about…and they hid, and ran, and stayed hushed in darkness, wondering “what now?”.
But it’s not just about Easter…you and I do the same thing all the time…our Father has promised He will deliver…think about it…more than once, we have seen His miracles unfold in our lives…yet, we stress, and we fret, and we don’t see how it could possibly work out, and we ask WHY, and we let our hearts we troubled…and we forget. In the case of our friend in the story, he didn’t know what was about to take place the next day. He had forgotten what Jesus said to them…and still, after watching his death, they all fled and disappeared, huddled up in their homes, hoping the guards would never find them, asking themselves “what just happened?”, “I gave up everything to follow this man for three years…and now what?”…desperate questions that would be answered the next day…but they didn’t know it. When the sun came up the next day they saw a miracle that no one had seen before, and no one has seen since. Resounding proof that He was and is and forever will be the true and only God.
The difference for you and I is that we DO know what happened the next day…what He did then, and what HE can still do today… But the enemy knows our weakness too, and we give in to his schemes, his lies and traps, and we doubt, and we question our mighty God, and go into isolation, and fear sets in…we forget God is on our side, and nothing can stand against us…
I pray that when you watch this short story you can identify with this man running for his life, and you can hear God’s voice encouraging you, letting you know He will never leave you nor forsake you.
Fear Not…for He is with you.