No Reason to Fear
Max Lucado tells the story of a missionary in Brazil who discovered a tribe of Indians in a remote part of the jungle. Unfortunately, the people of this village were dying of some contagious disease. A mission hospital was located about 15 miles from the village and the missionary decided that if he could get them there they might be able to save them. Those who were still healthy could be inoculated and the sick could get treatment.
But there was only one problem. In order to get to the hospital the Indians would have to cross the river which they would not do. They believed the river was inhabited by evil spirits and if they were to enter the waters they were sure it would mean certain death.
The missionary tried in vain to convince them that he had crossed the river and had arrived unharmed. He took them down to the bank and stuck his hand in, but THEY STILL WOULD’NT BELIEVE HIM.
He waded out into the water and splashed the water on his face. STILL THEY WERE UNCONVINCED. Finally, he turned dove into the water. He swam beneath the surface and emerged on the other side. Triumphantly he punched his fist into the air. The Indians on the bank broke into cheers and then followed him across.
Jesus saw a world enslaved by the fear of death. He explained that death was nothing to fear, but they wouldn’t believe him.
He touched a widow’s son and brought him back to life. He raised Jarius’ daughter, but still they doubted.
Even when he called back Lazarus who’d been dead 4 days, it wasn’t enough to convince them. NO JESUS HAD TO ENTER THE WATERS HIMSELF. When he broke through the surface on Easter Sunday morning, it was time to celebrate. The Victory had been won!
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