Jesus said to the leader of the synagogue, "Do not fear, only believe." (Mark 5:36 NRSV)

Jesus said those liberating words for Lazarus, "Unbind him, and let him go." The most amazing thing about eternal life here and now is that we can live each day in faith, no longer living in fear of dying. Professional golfer Lee Trevino was struck by lightning while he was playing in a tournament a few years ago. In describing that experience he said, "When I got killed by lightning I realized the passage from life is a tremendous pleasure."

Lee Trevino was sitting under a tree when lightning hit. "It bolted my arms and legs out stiff, jerked me off the ground," he recalls, "and killed me. I knew I was dead. There was no pain. Everything turned a warm, gentle orange color. I saw my mama who had been dead for years. I saw other people from my life. It was a newsreel like you read about--my life passing before my eyes. But it was so pleasant, so wonderful, I felt great. I thought, boy this dying is really fun. It's when I woke up in the hospital badly burned and in pain that I knew I had come back to life again for some reason." Eternal life means that we do not have to live our lives fearing death. Lee Trevino said after his experience, "There's no reason to fear death."

With Christ we have nothing to fear.

Dear God, take away my fear as Christ consumes my heart. In Jesus' name, Amen.

Ron Newhouse

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