John continues in his letter to speak about love. He says: love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness on the day of judgment, because as he is, so are we in this world. There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear; for fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not reached perfection in love. God loves us so much, according to John, God sent his Son as the Savior of the world. God’s love is seen in what Jesus did: he died for us, he took on our sins, so that we can be set free from fear. As Zechariah said during John the Baptist’s circumcision, that we will worship God without fear. This is what God wants, that we approach him without fear, because he loves us. This is the confidence he wants us to have when we come to him.
We see this in the Gospel today. The disciples were trying to get to the other side of the sea but could not, because of the adverse wind. But during the adverse wind, Jesus comes walking towards them. When they saw Jesus, they thought it was a ghost and cried out; for they all saw him and were terrified. But immediately he spoke to them and said, “Take heart, it is I; do not be afraid”.
During this time of pandemic, we could be like the disciples, trying to get to where we should go, but are confronted with strong forces that prevent us from achieving our goal. In the midst of this, Jesus comes. The disciples were terrified, because they thought it was a ghost. This could also be our reaction. We may be terrified because things are uncertain. But if we call on Jesus, and trust him, we know he will enter our situation and it will not be what we expect. His entry will cause fear, but we will know it is him, because love casts out fear.
Faith is not the absence of fear. Instead, faith is the presence of confidence in God that drives us to go beyond fear. We have confidence because we know we are loved by God and we can come to him in boldness on the day of his coming.
If you are in a situation that terrifies you, or if you are seeking peace because of a sin you committed before, do not be afraid to come to Jesus. He loves you so much that he has entered this corrupt world to redeem it. Jesus can enter our lives, not to fix it, but to redeem it. He will sanctify our lives, our situation, our past, so that we can stand before him holy and blameless in his sight. All we need to do is to tell him to enter our lives. Let Jesus take charge and he will lead us to where he wants us to go. In the darkness, Jesus is the Light. In the pain, Jesus is the consolation. In the uncertainty, Jesus is our destiny.
Lord, I am afraid of my situation. I am terrified of what the future brings. Yet, I know you are my only Savior. You are the only One who can save me. So I invite you to enter my life, and sanctify it Lord. I give you permission to take charge of my life. I repent of my sins and turn to you. I accept you as my God and Savior. And if in the coming days, I do not see you moving, let me continue to trust you and believe, you are here and you hear me. Jesus, I trust in you.