Jesus said a lot of things worth listening to. But there was something Jesus said repeatedly: “Do not be afraid.”
Cross-shaped followers of Jesus become to the world what the heart is to the body, the life-giving air people breathe.
The constant call of Jesus isn’t “Ask me into your heart,” but “Come follow me.”
The resurrection of Jesus means that God’s new creation has begun and we have a job to do.
Being afraid is normal. It’s part of being human. It’s also part of being a Christian.
John the Baptist helps gets us ready for the coming of Christ.
When we are baptized we align our lives with the good news of God’s coming kingdom and recognize that power in his kingdom is expressed as submission and service.