J. Gerald Harris
On the 23rd day of our Wesley Experience, our text was the verse given for our meditation and reflection. It was spoken by Jesus to the disciples in the upper room at the time of the Last Supper.
Jesus knew that the disciples were afraid. They may not have understood the events that were about to transpire. They may not have fully anticipated the crucifixion, but they were filled with fearful apprehension.
Jesus had gathered them together for this last supper to calm their fears. It was upon this occasion that He said, "Let not your heart be troubled: you believe in God, believe also in me."
It was on this occasion that He said, "Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you: not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid."
It was on this occasion that He said, "These things I have spoken to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation, but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world."
We live in a world of trouble and tribulation. It is good for us to come together this morning to observe the Lord's Supper, to focus upon Him, because Jesus is the antidote for our fears.
The threat of terrorism, the war with Iraq, the apparent desertion of our friends, France and Germany, the fact that Russia seems to be aiding and abetting the regime of Saddam Hussein, the fact that we have friends and loved ones in the heat of the battle -- it all provokes fear.
At one time Ann Landers, who has received more requests for advice than anyone in history, and who receives over 10,000 letters monthly, has stated that she gets more mail concerning one particular subject than any other.
Contrary to what you might think, it is neither marriage nor money, but rather it is fear.
The Greek word for fear is "phobos." I was interested to read that psychiatrists and doctors have identified over 700 different kinds of phobias. For example, acro ...
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