This Christmas, have no fear!

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Ever since the COVID-19 panic began, I have been amazed by the reaction of people of faith. I have never seen such a high level of fear among people who claim the Bible as an authority in their lives and who have put their faith and trust in Jesus.

I see it in their social media posts.  I see it in their eyes. I hear it in their voices. That fear is palpable when they gather at churches. Fear is destroying their faith.

Without getting bogged down in the details of how we got to this point, I would like to draw attention to several Bible verses that, hopefully, will give Christians reason to lay aside their fears and enjoy the Christmas holiday with people they love.

1. Have no fear!

There are many biblical references urging people of faith to have no fear. By my count, there are more than 120 passages that urge Christians to have no fear and not to be afraid. Here are my favorites:

  • 1 Peter 3:14 – “Do not fear what they fear; do not be frightened.”
  • Luke 12:22 – Then Jesus said to his disciples: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear.”
  • John 14:27 – “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”
  • Luke 12:32 – “Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom.”

A kingdom is a government with laws in place to protect its citizens. For Christians, they also have spiritual laws that govern their lives in addition to the man-made laws imposed by secular authorities.

Let’s explore that.

2. You are divinely protected!

One of those spiritual laws involves the ability to heal the sick. You don’t see that much in the American church. But, in other parts of the world, it is a common practice for Christians to lay hands on the sick so they get well.

That’s probably because poorer nations don’t have anything else to rely upon for healing other than their faith in our all-powerful God. On the other hand, Americans have transferred their faith to government and a massive medical infrastructure to keep them healthy.

In most American churches, you hear a lot of babble and begging among believers pleading with God to heal someone. They offer up a litany of reasons why God should hear their prayers and step in to heal an individual.

Just listen to the words uttered during prayers at church and in small group gatherings. There is no faith being spoken. It’s just hope that God will somehow intervene.

But, you don’t need to beg. You just need faith that God is true to his word and, should you get sick, you will be healed.

The New Testament is filled with stories of people healed simply because of their faith. Consider these:

  • The woman subject to bleeding for 12 years. Jesus told her, “Take heart, daughter, your faith has healed you.” And the woman was healed from that moment. (Matthew 9:20-22)
  • The Canaanite woman who asked Jesus to heal her daughter. Then Jesus answered, “Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted.” And her daughter was healed from that very hour. (Matthew 15:22-28)
  • The blind man sitting alongside the road who specifically asked Jesus for his sight to be restored. “Go,” said Jesus, “your faith has healed you.” Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road. (Mark 10:46-52)
  • The man from the house of Jairus whose daughter was so sick that everyone else thought she was dead. Ignoring what they said, Jesus told the synagogue ruler, “Don’t be afraid; just believe.” He went to see her and the girl immediately stood up and walked around. (Luke 8:49-55)
  • And if you think that healing power rested only with Jesus, the apostle Paul healed a man who had been crippled from birth. Paul looked directly at him, saw that he had faith to be healed and called out, “Stand up on your feet!” At that, the man jumped up and began to walk. (Acts 14:9-10)
  • In John 14:12, Jesus made it clear that his followers have the same ability to heal that he did and would do even more.

How sad that secular authorities prevent people of faith from even coming near people impacted by COVID. It’s the new leprosy.

Jesus made this point abundantly clear in his final instructions to his followers immediately before being taken up to heaven:

Jesus said, “And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well.” (Mark 16:17-18)

Is COVID-19 not a deadly poison? People may not drink it, but it can certainly enter their bodies. Or is Jesus simply referring to the accidental ingestion of Draino?

3. Your date of death and method has already been planned.

Finally, and perhaps the biggest reason not to surrender to fear over COVID-19 is the fact that the date and method of your death has already been determined.

Psalm 139:16 states, “Your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.”

How about Job 14:5, which notes, “Man’s days are determined; you have decreed the number of his months and have set limits he cannot exceed.”

In Psalm 39:4, David asks God, “Show me, O LORD, my life’s end and the number of my days; let me know how fleeting is my life.”

God knew the date of your birth just as surly as he knows the second of your death.

Do you think God is surprised by COVID? No. He knows all about it: how it started, how it spread, who will get sick from it and who will die.

The above passages also make it crystal clear that when it’s your time to die, there is nothing you can do to stop it. It also means that until that moment, nothing is going to kill you.

So why worry?

Do you really think that hiding in your home will protect you from a microscopic virus that travels by air if God has already ordained that you will die from it?

Rather than asking if you will die from COVID, a better question to ask is where you will go once you die? I assure you, COVID or not, you will not live forever.

People who put their faith in Jesus go to heaven where they enjoy eternal life free of sickness, disease and pain. (John 3:16 and Revelation 21:4)

Perhaps God is allowing COVID-19 in hopes that people will turn to him, rest on his promises of protection and go on to share their faith with other people who are desperately looking for answers and relief from their fears.

Even if you are a Christian who contracts COVID-19 and dies from the illness – as ordained by God — you are rewarded with eternal life. So why fear it?

So, to celebrate the birth of our savior and all he has done for us, do not be afraid. Rather, enjoy a very merry Christmas.

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Greg Gerber

A native of Wisconsin who moved to Arizona in 2009, Greg Gerber is a DODO -- Dad of Daughters Only -- to three grown daughters. He worked as a journalist for many years before pursuing a career as a faith-based writer, author, coach and speaker. Greg is the author of Pornocide: How Lust is Killing Your Faith, Stealing Your Joy and Destroying Your Life.

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