While Jesus’ disciples were talking about what had happened, Jesus appeared and greeted them. They were frightened and terrified because they thought they were seeing a ghost. But Jesus said, “Why are you so frightened? Why do you doubt? Look at my hands and my feet and see who I am! Touch me and find out for yourselves. Ghosts don’t have flesh and bones as you see I have.”
Luke 24:36-39 (CEV)
Fear and grief rise from our own troublesome thoughts, but the peace of Christ is able to lay them to rest.
But the other criminal protested, “Don’t you fear God even when you have been sentenced to die? We deserve to die for our crimes, but this man hasn’t done anything wrong.” Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your Kingdom.” And Jesus replied, “I assure you, today you will be with me in paradise.”
Luke 21:40-43 (NLT)
In this life there is still hope, still time to repent, time to pray and to find faith in Christ who died for us. Our hope is in Him and to the next life.
Be careful. If you aren’t, your hearts will be loaded down with wasteful living, drunkenness and the worries of life. Then the day the Son of Man returns will close on you like a trap. You will not be expecting it. That day will come upon every person who lives on the whole earth. Always keep watching.
Luke 21:34-36a (NIrV)
Do not indulge in or be concerned with the cares of this life, they are a distraction to your daily walk and care of your soul. Be on your constant guard.
Terror will make people faint. They will be worried about what is happening in the world. The sun, moon and stars will be shaken from their places. “At that time people will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud. He will come with power and great glory. When these things begin to take place, stand up. Hold your head up with joy and hope. The time when you will be set free will be very close.”
Luke 21:26-28 (NIrV)
Do not be angry or afraid. When the world around you appears to be falling apart, look expectantly to heaven with faith and hope for renewal.
But don’t worry! You will be saved by being faithful to me.
Luke 21:18-19 (CEV)
Christian patience and faithfulness during suffering or difficult times safeguards our souls so that we may possess peace of mind.
“But this will be your opportunity to tell them about me. So don’t worry in advance about how to answer the charges against you, for I will give you the right words and such wisdom that none of your opponents will be able to reply or refute you!”
Luke 21:13-15 (NLT)
Fear and worry are silenced when we honor God by seeking His wisdom and guidance.
Jesus replied: Don’t be fooled by those who will come and claim to be me. They will say, “I am Christ!” and “Now is the time!” But don’t follow them. When you hear about wars and riots, don’t be afraid. These things will have to happen first, but that isn’t the end.
Luke 21:8-9 (CEV)
We trust in the gospel message and look beyond visible trials for which fear has no power to affect. Live in a way that you are always ready.
So don’t be afraid, little flock. For it gives your Father great happiness to give you the Kingdom.
Luke 12:32 (NLT)
We have a hope in a kingdom that overcomes the fears of this world, and a good Shepherd that protects us.
Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; but I tell you, not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass in the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, how much more will He clothe you? You men of little faith! And do not seek what you will eat and what you will drink, and do not keep worrying. For all these things the nations of the world eagerly seek; but your Father knows that you need these things. But seek His kingdom, and these things will be added to you.
Luke 12:27-31 (NASB)
Believers are called to be dedicated in the advancement of His kingdom. Trust the Father who knows what we need and stop worrying, He will provide.
Then, turning to his disciples, Jesus said,”That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life, whether you have enough food to eat or enough clothes to wear. For life is more than food, and your body more than clothing. Look at the ravens. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for God feeds them. And you are far more valuable to him than any birds!”
Luke 12:22-24 (NLT)
God is the creator and caregiver of life, He knows our needs. Do not spend time in worry, but place your trust and cares upon Him.