[D]o not be afraid of them.
Peter and John were ordered by the Sanhedrin to quit talking about Jesus.
“With all due respect, sirs, that isn’t going to happen. You crucified him, but God raised him from the dead. We must speak about what we have seen and heard.”
Fear caused Peter to deny Jesus, but his resurrection caused Peter to defy those he had feared.
All the apostles were terrified by Jesus’ crucifixion, fearing they would be the next to be hunted and hanged.
But after his resurrection, those apostles were lionhearted: floggings, imprisonment, threats, and death decrees couldn’t silence them.
We have nothing to fear. Jesus has risen. He is alive. And he has promised, “Because I live, you also will live” (Jn 14:19).
You’re in just the first mile
of your forever journey.