SERIES: N Commandments

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Journey Church


  • What if all we had were the teachings of Jesus? Five “not” commandments – seemed unrealistic at the time – clarity after His resurrection


First NOT = Thou shalt not FEAR


MATTHEW 10:1-31 (741)

Jesus called his twelve disciples together and gave them authority to cast out evil spirits and to heal every kind of disease and illness. – Matthew 10:1 (741)


“Look, I am sending you out as sheep among wolves. So be as shrewd as snakes and harmless as doves. – Matthew 10:16 (741)


“Don’t be afraid of those who want to kill your body; they cannot touch your soul. Fear only God, who can destroy both soul and body in hell. – Matthew 10:28 (741)


  • Don’t be afraid / be afraid (what?!)


What is the price of two sparrows—one copper coin? But not a single sparrow can fall to the ground without your Father knowing it. 30 And the very hairs on your head are all numbered. 31 So don’t be afraid; you are more valuable to God than a whole flock of sparrows. – Matthew 10:29-31 (741)


  • Don’t fear people who can harm your body – fear the one who knows you so deeply and cares for your soul (eternity)


MATTHEW 8:23-27 (739)

Then Jesus got into the boat and started across the lake with his disciples. – Matthew 8:23 (739)


Suddenly, a fierce storm struck the lake, with waves breaking into the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. – Matthew 8:24 (739)


  • Some have left the faith because they went through a tough time and Jesus was asleep – you’re not the first people to go through that – men who carried the Gospel to the ends of the earth didn’t just think Jesus was asleep – they saw Him sleeping


The disciples went and woke him up, shouting, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!”

Jesus responded, “Why are you afraid? – Matthew 8:25-26 (739)


  • Why are you afraid?

Then he got up and rebuked the wind and waves, and suddenly there was a great calm.

The disciples were amazed. “Who is this man?” they asked. “Even the winds and waves obey him!” – Matthew 8:26-27 (739)


  • What kind of man is this?
  • Mark’s gospel: combined noun and verb form / “feared a great fear”


Matthew 14:22-27 (746)

Immediately after this, Jesus insisted that his disciples get back into the boat and cross to the other side of the lake, while he sent the people home. – Matthew 14:22 (746)


Meanwhile, the disciples were in trouble far away from land, for a strong wind had risen, and they were fighting heavy waves. – Matthew 14:24 (746)


About three o’clock in the morning Jesus came toward them, walking on the water. When the disciples saw him walking on the water, they were terrified. In their fear, they cried out, “It’s a ghost!” – Matthew 14:25-26 (746)


  • Fail!


But Jesus spoke to them at once. “Don’t be afraid,” he said. “Take courage. I am here! – Matthew 14:27 (746)


  • Don’t fear, I’m with you / Someday I won’t be with you, but I will be watching You, so don’t be afraid


LESSON: You don’t have to be afraid, even when there is something to be afraid of.


  • When they lost their fear of death, they feared not


  • When you stake your life and eternity on Jesus’ resurrection, your fear of death begins to evaporate / fear not becomes a way of life


  • Cladius Galenus (Author, medical doctor)
    • “…for fearlessness of death and the hereafter is something we witness in them [Christians] every day.”


  • Everybody fears death except those that believe in a risen Savior


Jesus: Fear not – in spite of all you’re going through – why? He’s been in the place where you are right now

  • He was despised and rejected— a man of sorrows, acquaintedwith deepest grief. – Isaiah 53:3 (559)


  • This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same testings we do,… – Hebrews 4:15 (922)


  • He’s been there, done that / You have been invited to surrender yourself to Him, and that includes your fears


  • Jesus gave that commandment – then punctuated it not with another miracle or teaching, but with His own resurrection


  • So fear not, even when there’s something to be afraid of

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