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Luke 12

“I tell you, my friends, do not fear those who kill the body, and after that have nothing more that they can do. But I will warn you whom to fear: fear him who, after he has killed, has authority to cast into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear him!” Luke 12:4-5

At the beginning of Luke 12, Jesus is talking to his disciples, warning them of the chief sin among the Pharisees, which was hypocrisy. He then goes on to tell them not to be afraid of people here on earth, probably the Pharisees or other leaders, who have the power to kill your body but no authority over your soul. Jesus says the only person you should fear is God, who does have the power to end life and decide what happens to the soul. Interestingly, when Jesus says fear, he’s not talking about ‘afraid of the dark’ type of fear. He’s talking about reverence– a deep respect for someone or something. Just as a soldier has respect for his commander, so should we as believers have that same respect. Only, I would say, at a much deeper level. After all– He is the Commander of the entire universe. That’s kind of a big deal.