According to Jesus, I’m afraid of the wrong things. Like my back. A few years ago, I was a solid 6’ and 2.5” tall. But at my last doctor’s visit, they measured me at 6’1” and change. I lost an inch in my 30s! I’ve heard horror stories of degenerative discs, pinched nerves, back surgeries, and pain pills that are hard to give up. So the thought of the pain I might have to live with for years (decades?!) makes me afraid.
But Jesus says that’s the wrong thing to fear. And he claims the same about your fears too—getting cancer, going through chemo, enduring arthritis, caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s, breakups, bankruptcy, raising kids, or getting bullied at school. Jesus said, “I tell you, my friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that can do no more” (Luke 12:4). Notice Jesus’ logic—While there are situations that can end our lives, “after that” they “can do no more.”
Your Savior knows that eternity is a long time, an epic novel compared to the single sentence you call life, and that none of your fears have the authority to change that eternity. Because of his sacrifice on the cross, the worst that can happen to you is that 0.000000000000001 percent of your life is painful (and I’m rounding up!).
So, my friends, don’t be afraid. You might feel pain today and tomorrow, but there is only pleasure in your eternal future.