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Mar 20, 2020

The Fear behind Closed Doors

Jeff Cavins

After the Crucifixion, the disciples shut themselves up in the Upper Room, in fear of their lives. Jesus came among them and said, “Peace be with you.”

As we experience fear and uncertainty these few weeks, we ultimately must realize that everything will be OK if we put ourselves in God’s hands. 

Snippet from the Show 

“Have no anxiety about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, will keep your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” -Philippians 4:6-7

SHOWNOTES

Jesus Appears to the Disciples (John 20:19-23) – “On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being shut where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, ‘Peace be with you.’ When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, ‘Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I send you.’ And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and said to them, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.’

Mark Twain – “I’ve been through some terrible times in my life, some of which actually happened.”

Three Forms of Piety During Lent

  • Fasting
  • Almsgiving
  • Prayer

Philippians 4:6-7 – “Have no anxiety about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, will keep your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

Categories we think about concerning the Coronavirus

  • A concern for life itself: we’re afraid of getting the coronavirus, but it’s not really the virus we’re afraid of, it’s death.

“If death were merely a physical must, we would not fear it. Our fear comes from the moral fact that we know we ought not to die… death can be robbed of its greatest fearfulness. How? If we practice for it. Christianity recommends mortification, penance, and detachment as a rehearsal for the great event… the basic spiritual principle is this: that death must be conquered in every thought and word and deed by an affirmation of the eternal. Turn to God.”

Peace of Soul by Archbishop Fulton Sheen
  • A concern for our children and loved ones: in a time of social distancing and quarantine, chances are we are being separated from our family and friends. This is the time to lift them up to the Lord and pray for them.
  • A concern for the economy and your income: has the Lord given you enough funds to take care of yourself as well as those around you? How generous can you be to those in need during this time?

Matthew 6:24-33 – “‘No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon. Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you shall eat or what you shall drink, nor about your body, what you shall put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add one cubit to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin; yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O men of little faith? Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek all these things; and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things shall be yours as well.’”

Mishnah, Sanhedrin 4:5 – “Whoever saves a single life is considered by scripture to have saved the whole world.”

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