Why You Need Not Be Afraid – by Desmond Ford
Jul 27, 2016 1642
Jesus’ last words on earth to his church were, ‘I am with you always, even unto the end’ (Mt 28:20 KJV). In the Greek (in Hebrew also), ‘I am’ is the expression for ‘God.’ It means the everliving Yahweh (or Jehovah).
Literally, ‘I am with you always, even unto the end,’ is ‘I with you am all the days unto the end.’ All the days: the bad days, good days, blue days, daze days, all days. Jesus is not only with us, he is round about us. ‘With’ separates the ‘I’ and the ‘am.’ ‘I with you am.’ Jesus is round about us.
Where can I go from your Spirit?
Where can I flee from your presence?
If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
If I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
if I settle on the far side of the sea,
even there your hand will guide me
your right hand will hold me fast.
(Ps 139:7-10 NIV)
I love lamentations 3:57. The prophet, in the middle of his funereal song, as he cries out in agony and pain, says, “You came near when I called, and you said, ‘Do not fear.”
The message, ‘Fear not’, is found 365 times in the Bible. You need not be afraid any day because, I with you am. There’s the great message of Scripture and of Jesus.
– Des Ford. Rom 8:27-32. Adapted from “God with Us: Christ in All the Gospels – 3”