While He was still speaking, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them; and suddenly a voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This is my Beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Hear Him!” And when the disciples heard it, they fell on their faces and were greatly afraid. But Jesus came and touched them and said,
“Arise, and do not be afraid.” Matthew 17:5-7
These verses stood out to me recently, for several reasons. The first part, “This is my Beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. . . .” God used to show me that because of Christ, that is how He views us. Amazing.
The second part that blesses me is that Jesus touched them. It shows how He cared for them, how He loved them. We sometimes get so afraid of touching each other–we worry about what people will think and about appearing wrong… but He did it. I imagine Him bending down, gently touching their shoulder. God Himself–can you imagine?
And then… “Arise, and do not be afraid.” Always God is telling us this. Do not be afraid. But I am, so often. That real, cold, deep-down fear; the kind that never seems to let you go. But He is teaching me.
Don’t be afraid. Trust. Love Me and let Me love you.