Fear is everywhere.
We can be afraid of death, afraid of being alone, afraid of criticism, afraid of suffering, afraid of evil, afraid for our families, afraid of the future, afraid for our future, afraid of hell, and even afraid of despair.
A woman was mourning for Lazarus, her newly-deceased brother. She confronts Jesus. If only he was here he could have helped, she says.
“I am the resurrection and the life,” Jesus responds. “Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?”
Fear may fill the world, but it doesn’t need to fill your mind. Jesus’ response is an invitation to experience a life not governed by fear. Why? Because fear can’t rule you if God already has the job.
This sermon on John 11:1-27 explores this enigmatic text, and shares practical ways to push back against the many fears that can so quickly suffocate our hearts and pillage our perspective.
*Note: There is some static on the recording. Sorry! We’ll aim to get that fixed for next week.
Below is the YouTube video version. Under that is the audio-only download. You can also access a link to the “growing deeper” background content as a part of The Pulse Podcast.
As mentioned, you can access the extra “growing deeper” background content as a part of The Pulse Podcast with Matthew Ruttan (by clicking here) or by finding it wherever you subscribe to podcasts — iTunes (Apple Podcasts), Spotify, Google Podcasts, Stitcher or TuneIn). It’s called “Jesus is the resurrection and the life, and the antidote to fear.”