Is there faith enough to dare to speak about Jesus and his God?

A born-again believer and follower of Jesus asks “Where is your faith?” and looks at the Nazarene master teacher who, according to him, did not have fear (though in the four gospels you’ll notice there were moments that Jesus had a lot of fear and even came to call unto his heavenly Father asking why He had abandoned him.) But looking at the other moments of his life it is true we can find a person who has given himself totally in the hands of his heavenly Father. Even when he was so afraid he asked his God to make him strong enough to be able to do the Will of Him.

Jesus was not afraid to give himself in the hands of his God, the God of Israel. His fear for that God meant he respected the power that God had over him. As a sign of his respect, Jesus did everything to please his heavenly Father, Whom he recognised to be greater than him. He knew he could not do anything without this Great God Who has all the Power.

Charlotte Creamer on her blog writes:

As followers of Jesus, we also have the same capacity to live as fearlessly as Jesus did while on Earth. But what made Jesus so fearless? What enabled him to live his life without fear of anyone or anything?

The answer is rooted in Jesus’ complete faith and trust in God, and in his understanding of God’s Kingdom on Earth. As soon as Jesus came out as the Messiah – the king of the Jews – the Kingdom was established. Jesus knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that he was under the protection of God’s Holy Spirit and holy angels while he was in the Kingdom. This was the safe place promised by God to his people: No physical or spiritual harm can come to those who live in the spiritual Promised Land. The physical protection lasts until it’s time to go home (when it’s removed to enable physical death), but the spiritual protection remains as long as the person being protected is in right-standing with God. {Where is your faith?}

When people have enough faith in a certain matter, they are not afraid of it. The same for Jesus. He fully trusted the One who had sent him here on earth. He knew that he had to fulfil a task, but trusted his heavenly father for providing the means to succeed. By the authority of God Jesus spoke and acted in the midst of people who were curious to see that miracle worker, but who were also interested to hear what that man had to tell about the one many prophets had spoken. Even when they saw that there were several people not liking him, they were not afraid to be around him. (This at least until the moment he was imprisoned, because than the fear caught many who were close to Christ.)

 

What about today?

Have you become afraid to talk about Jesus and his God?

Do you dare to speak about Jesus and his heavenly Father, the Only One true God?

Charlotte Creamer writes:

Faith is the opposite of fear. If you have faith in God, then you know God’s Kingdom has been established on Earth, with Jesus as King. If you know the Kingdom has been established and that Jesus is your king, then you know you are protected both physically and spiritually. This should give you the same level of fearlessness that Jesus had while on Earth.

So, if you find yourself being afraid of anyone or anything in this Age of Fear, ask yourself “Where is your Faith?” Then do everything you can to deepen your faith and trust in God and get a better understanding of his Kingdom. {Where is your faith?}

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8 responses to “Is there faith enough to dare to speak about Jesus and his God?

  1. Just a quick comment on Jesus and fear. I know the New Testament quite well, but I am not aware of any passages that indicate Jesus was afraid or showed any fear. Could you please point them out to me? Thank you kindly!

    Also, when Jesus said “My God, My God, why hast thou forsaken me?”, he was quoting the opening lines of Psalm 22 to show those around him that what was being done to him had to be done according to scripture. Even in agony on the cross, Jesus was still teaching and preaching the kingdom.

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    • The way Jesus talks to his disciples in the Garden of Gethsemane after he comes back to them and find them sleeping, betrays his fear and necessity not to be alone in these circumstances. The apostle Mark in his gospel tells us Jesus was troubled.
      From the text we also hear that Jesus would have loved to see what was coming not to have to happen.

      “32 And they come unto a place which was named Gethsemane: and he saith unto his disciples, Sit ye here, while I pray. 33 And he taketh with him Peter and James and John, and began to be greatly amazed, and sore troubled. 34 And he saith unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful even unto death: abide ye here, and watch. 35 And he went forward a little, and fell on the ground, and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass away from him.” (Mr 14:32-35 ASV)

      Doctor Luke let us come to see that this movement in that garden was one of agony for Christ.

      “ And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly; and his sweat became as it were great drops of blood falling down upon the ground.” (Lu 22:44 ASV)

      It was because of his fear that Jesus was sweating so hard and that fear was even so great it was like watery blood that came out of his body.

      Jesus later mentioning the prophesied words about the abandoning was out of his own heart with his own feeling that God could have forsaken him. (What He had not done.° Remember the words mentioned in the Old Testament were part of prophecy, something to happen in the future. That prophecy became a reality when Jesus die at the stake.

      Him calling this out you might consider of him still preaching, but it were his words coming out of his heart and mouth by his feelings.

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      • If Jesus had lost faith in God while he was on the cross, why did he say to the “good thief” that he would be with him in paradise that day? If he had lost faith in God, surely he would also have lost hope in going to Heaven. But Jesus didn’t lose faith in God at any time in his life, not even in the final moments of his agony. In fact, at that time, Jesus was closer to God than ever before. When he cried out “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”, he was quoting the opening lines of Psalm 22 so that those in attendance would see that what was unfolding before them had to be done according to scripture, and that God was not going to save him from being crucified because his crucifixion was a baptism that he had to undergo as the Messiah. It was the price he had to pay to redeem mankind. Jesus also cried out “Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit” in his final seconds. Who was he crying out to then, if he’d lost faith in God?
        As for Jesus’ agony in the garden of Gethsemane, he clearly didn’t want to go through the torture that he knew he had to go through the next day, and he needed strengthening in the only way that really mattered, which was through prayer. There was no fear in him, just repugnance for the physical pain he knew he would have to endure. He begged his father to find some other way for him to do what had to be done, but his Father was adamant that torture and crucifixion were the only way, and so he agreed. There was no fear in Jesus. There was profound repugnance for what lay ahead for him, but there was no fear.
        Fear is a sign of weak faith, and Jesus’ faith was stronger than anyone’s at any time in history. It never wavered. Scripture says that God had given Jesus the full measure of his Spirit. There is no indication that God withdrew his Spirit from Jesus at any time, not in the garden of Gethsemane nor on the cross. Anyone with the full measure of God’s Spirit would not be afraid, regardless of the circumstances.

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        • Nowhere did we say that “Jesus had lost faith in God”. We said he had moments he was full of fear and that he did not know where to go with his grieves or wondered where God was for him.
          Today there are also believers in God who have moments that they pray to God as if He is not near to them, but that does not mean that they have lost faith in Him.

          You say “Jesus’ faith was stronger than anyone’s at any time in history.” and this can well be, but does not take away that he too had weaker moments or fear or had to struggle with pain, like others have to struggle with the difficulties of life. That makes this man of flesh and blood so special.

          We never said that God would have left Jesus on his own. We indicated the feeling Jesus had to endure in the Garden of Getshemane.

          You write “Anyone with the full measure of God’s Spirit would not be afraid, regardless of the circumstances.” Are you so sure about that? Do you have such faith that you were and are never afraid?
          We can assure you that very strong believers who loved God above any other being were having a lot of fears in different situations. Remember all those who had or still have to endure wars and prosecution.

          Your idea of people knowing and adhering to God not having any fear is not realistic. You not willing to see how Jesus, like other people, had to undergo the struggles of daily life, and had to handle his hopes but also fears, takes away the special position Jesus took in his life giving himself to God, putting his will aside to do the will of God; (In case Jesus would be God he could not put his will aside to do God’s Will because it would already be his will also.)

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          • Thank you for response. However, I still need you to show me one passage in scripture or even one word that states Jesus at any time was afraid. You’re inferring fear to him, but I don’t see any evidence in scripture that Jesus was ever afraid. You believe that Jesus wasn’t quoting the first lines of Psalm 22 when he was on the cross, and I think you’re dead wrong, but you have free will and you can think what you want. You infer fear in Jesus, but scripture doesn’t back you up. On the contrary, when everyone around him was afraid (like when the ship hit a storm and the disciples thought they were going to drown, or when the soldiers, led by Judas Iscariot, came to arrest Jesus, and all his disciples fled in fear, but Jesus stayed and healed the ear of the soldier), Jesus was the only one who showed no fear.

            Again, show me a passage in scripture that states Jesus was afraid. You can’t do that, because there is none. There would be no reason for Jesus to have fear. Fear comes from the devil and is a sign of weak faith. The devil had zero power over Jesus, and Jesus’ faith was the strongest of anyone who’s ever lived.

            But I think I’ve said enough on this topic now, and we’re just gong to have to agree to disagree. Maybe you can ask Jesus yourself whether or not he was ever afraid (afraid meaning he actually entertained fear, not felt it for an instant in passing, like weak knees when you look down from a great height). I asked Jesus if he ever experienced ongoing fear enough to have it recorded in scripture, and he said “no”. That’s sufficient for me.

            Thank you for your thoughts. I enjoyed our discussion. Feel free to reach out to me any time.

            Charlotte

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        • Dear abornagainbeliever, do you seriously believe that “Anyone with the full measure of God’s Spirit would not be afraid, regardless of the circumstances.”?
          This way you are saying all those refugees from Iran, Iraq, Syria are not real good faithfully believers, because out of fear their flee their country. And what about all those people when earthquakes take place and fighting surrounds them?

          In any case, you would not ever be afraid if you have enough faith. So you do not fear spiders, snakes or scorpions or will animals?

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          • I have stated several times in my blog that the proper response to persecution is to flee, not to stand your physical ground. You stand your spiritual ground, you don’t stand your physical ground. Fleeing is the correct response to persecution. Jesus lived his life on the run, and as his followers, we are to respond to persecution or threats of arrest the same way.

            If Jesus knew the danger of remaining in a place where he was under a threat of arrest and refused to leave, he would have been tempting God if he remained there. We are not to tempt God. Even so, Jesus didn’t flee out of fear, but because it was the logical and correct thing to do. To remain in a danger zone would have been tempting God, which Jesus would never have done. He only permitted himself to be arrested when it was his time.

            As for scorpions and snakes, God gave us a brain and intends for us to use it. If we know certain creatures are potentially dangerous, we don’t provoke them, because otherwise we would be tempting God. Nothing good ever comes from tempting God.

            I do not see any evidence in scripture that Jesus tempted God, any more than I see any evidence in scripture that Jesus entertained fear or was in any way motivated by fear, other than a healthy fear of God.

            I hope that the refugees you reference have a good measure of faith, but I can’t speak to that. Their measure of faith is between them and God.

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            • Naturally we never know exactly what goes on in the heart and mind of other people. As you say, it is only God Who knows that.

              But sometimes we must trust people who say they believe in Jesus as their Messiah and want to serve him and his God. A lot of things they would never have undertaken or done when their faith in God was not so strong.
              When they would have just a faith in God they also could have stayed or become a Muslim and have no problem at all in their home country. But by choosing for Christ Jesus lots of problems came over them. We know many who have been tortured and who had their beloved been killed. To imply that their faith would not have been strong enough and that they therefore had so much fear, is underestimating the power of fear and human psychology.

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