So have no fear of them, for nothing is covered that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known. What I tell you in the dark, say in the light, and what you hear whispered, proclaim on the housetops. And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell.” Matthew 10:26-28
Jesus makes this statement on the back of declaring the coming persecution his disciples will face as they bring the gospel to the nations. He tells them that “A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his master. It is enough for the disciple to be like his teacher and the servant like his master. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebul, how much more will they malign those of his household?” (Matthew 10:25)
This message to the apostles stands before us today. Who are we to think we can follow Christ and only share in the delight of our Heavenly Father? Beloved should we not also receive the same persecutions that Christ endured? As Job himself spoke, “Shall we receive good from God, and shall we not receive evil?” (Job 2:10)
Beloved, you must know that will face persecutions for the sake of Christ. Yet in the midst of this Christ encourages us. Christ charges us with three things:
Have no fear of the wicked.
Proclaim the Gospel.
Christian, you are only commanded to be biblical. To be truly biblical is to follow after Christ. Following Christ is to both receive the delight of our Heavenly Father and to partake in the same persecutions as Christ. We drink the joy of the Lord and the cup of offense.
Walk in Faith. Repent of your sins and believe the Gospel. Have no fear of man only fear God.
Grace and Peace.