This past Christmas, I was watching a musical with my family when it got to a scene where a group of lepers from a colony came to Jesus, asking for healing. Without a second thought, he reached out to them; touching and laying hands on them, not fearing if he contacted the disease which at that time was both contagious and incurable.
It dawned on me at that moment that when you’re full of life you’re not afraid of death. In his own words: I am the way, the truth, and the life (John 14:6). Not that he has life; he’s life. That was why he couldn’t be intimidated by the fear of the disease.
There were two other men in the Bible that were so bold in confronting death. One was David, a man so fearless facing Goliath, the Philistine giant. Later I discovered his secret. He wrote: The Lord is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The Lord is the defense of my life; Whom shall I dread? (Psalm 27:1). Wow! What a confidence!
The other person was Paul the apostle. There were prophecies coming from everywhere he turned that he would be arrested and possibly killed in Jerusalem, but he refused to back down from going.
Then Paul answered, “What are you doing, weeping and breaking my heart? For I am ready not only to be bound, but even to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.” Acts 21:13
Why were these people so bold in the face of death? They have something, and they know that they have it. They know God, and those who know their God shall be strong and do wonders (Daniel 11:32).
In these days when life-threatening diseases like cancer are becoming so rampant, your first defense against their threat is an intimate knowledge of and relationship with God. David was not killed by Goliath, and neither was Paul killed in Jerusalem. When you have the Source of life, there’s no reason to fear death!