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Daily Reading: 18th March 2015

John 12.27 cont.

27 Now My soul has been troubled, and what may I say? Father, save Me from this hour, but it was because of this hour that I came.

No doubt all of us have faced situations that have filled us with dread. Recently there has been a few plane disasters. One was shot out of the sky, another plunged into a river just after take-off. Others have crashed into the sea. We can’t really begin to imagine the dread that those on board would have felt as they knew they were facing their final moments, knowing that death was imminent.

We all know that fear is a real emotion, and it can cripple us.

It is not often that we talk about Jesus having a fear. Yet we know that He did. He was troubled in His soul; He was agitated, because He knew what He was going to face.

John does not record the terrible scene in the garden of Gethsemane that is found in the other three gospels. They record the agony and fear of Jesus as He prayed: “Father, if you are willing, take this cup away from Me. Nevertheless, let Your will take place and not Mine” – Luke 22.42.

Jesus faced His fears and overcame them by saying: ”Nevertheless, let Your will take place and not Mine”.

Jesus overcame His fears, His dread of the cross, and He did so by allowing His love for the Father and doing the Father’s will to override every natural emotion that He might have had.

Having love for God and our Lord Jesus may bring us into conflict with other human beings, but it is that love that also triumphs over our natural fears, bringing us into being more than conquerors in the power of His Spirit.

There are many followers of Jesus in our day who daily face the threat of death, homelessness, and family rejection. Let us pray that they will know the reality that nothing can separate us from the love of God (Romans 8.38), and that perfect love drives out fear (1 John 4.18).

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