Would You Be Afraid If Jesus Was There?

If Something was going wrong right now would you be afraid if Jesus was right next to you? 

 

That is a very revealing question. Let’s set the stage a little better. 

You are sitting on the couch with the Lord himself watching some Pureflix when out of nowhere the smoke alarm goes off. You look down the hall where the noise was coming from, you see flames flashing and smoke is filling the room.

It would be safe to say that the average person would be scared to death. But you have the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords sitting next to you.

 

Are you scared? 

 

If you know anything about the miracles performed by the Right Hand of the Father than your answer is most likely a resounding no! Why would you be? There isn’t a disease He can’t cure or a wound He can’t heal. He raises the dead to life and feeds the masses from a single loaf of bread and some fish.

This is a message that Jesus often tried to get through to His disciples. One of my favorite examples of this is in Matthews 8: 23-27.

23 When He got into the boat, His disciples followed Him. 24 And behold, there arose [a]a great storm on the sea, so that the boat was being covered with the waves; but Jesus Himself was asleep. 25 And they came to Him and woke Him, saying, “Save us, Lord; we are perishing!” 26 He *said to them, “Why are you [b]afraid, you men of little faith?” Then He got up and rebuked the winds and the sea, and [c]it became perfectly calm. 27 The men were amazed, and said, “What kind of a man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey Him?”

Jesus was right there in the boat with the disciples taking a nap and they were afraid. You might think to yourself why in the world would those guys even be a little scared? That is a very reasonable question.

You may even think to yourself ” man if that were me I would have been laughing at that storm. There is no way I would have been scared.”

Given the circumstances that is probably a fair criticism. Or is it?

Let’s go back to the couch example. Except this time you are sitting there alone. The same thing that happened previously happens. Fire is flying out of the room down the hall. Are you afraid? Once again you probably said yes.

 

Why? 

 

Jesus tells us over and over again to have faith, not to worry and to remove fear from our lives(John 14:27, Matthew 6:34, Matthew 17:20).

Now you may be saying “slow down turbo, those two circumstances are completely different.”

Do you really believe that?  Is your circumstance really any different than theirs? How about a real life circumstance that you are going through right now?

 

Think about it.

 

Galatians 2:20 says “I am crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me.”

It would seem to me that we actually have it better now than the disciples did when they were in that boat. You see Christ hadn’t been crucified yet. They weren’t filled with the Holy Spirit yet.

You and I on the other hand are on the other end of His crucifixion and we know already how the story ends.  We have been blessed with Him living in us and through us. Sure He isn’t physically sitting next to you but that is because He is inside of you. We have even less of an excuse to be afraid.

Of course this was an extreme example and that doesn’t mean don’t run from the fire and call 911. What that means is this; when you’re in trouble where is the first place your mind goes? 

If the answer isn’t God then you are probably letting fear run your life.