Enemies of His Enemies
Updated: Mar 26
Verse 28 Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.
Have you ever been afraid of someone or something? It is easy to be afraid of things that we don't like or that are bigger than we are. Jesus was telling His disciples that some scary times were coming because people didn't like Jesus and so they weren't going to like His disciples either.
The disciples didn't realize yet that Jesus' enemies were going to kill Him. In verse 27, He was teaching them things in private that they were going to need to preach and teach in public. So if Jesus' enemies were going to hurt Him because of what He taught in private, how much more the enemies would want to hurt the disciples for teaching in public. Jesus was warning them that they were in danger, but He was even more so teaching them that it was the very reason that they shouldn't be afraid of the enemy. That seems kind of backwards, doesn't it? To not be afraid of the enemy because the enemy may kill them.
Jesus wasn't trying to confuse them. He was pointing out the very truth we need to remember on a daily basis. God is bigger than anything we are going to face in life. Yes, Jesus' enemies were going to kill Him and later the majority of the disciples were going to be killed too but they were to take comfort that the enemy can only kill the body. The One He told them to fear was God, because God can not only kill the body but also punish them for all of eternity. But this fear wasn't the kind of fear that makes you afraid, but rather it was seeing God for how powerful He is and He takes care of sparrows which are some of the smallest birds. This was the understanding of the God they were serving. Do we need to fear God if we are on His side? Remember what Jesus says here, "So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows." That's comforting, isn't it?
Making it personal
Have you ever taken a few moments to understand God's power? Have you seen His power in your life? Have you found His comfort in the face of danger? Are you confident enough in His love and protection that you will speak of Him even when it may be dangerous to do so?
Making it personal kids
Read the story of David and Goliath (1 Samuel 17). Do you think the Israelite army had a reason to be afraid of Goliath? Why wasn't David acting like he was afraid? Think of something in your life that you are afraid of, is God bigger than it is? Since He is bigger, should you be afraid of it?
Father, thank You for the truth that You love Your children of all ages. Thank You for reminding us that we are not exempt from trials when we follow Jesus in the way of the cross but that the enemy is limited in what he can do to us. You are in control. In Jesus' name, amen.