Jesus spoke much about God’s protection in the gospels, but He also indicated there is a time when we will be going home to heaven. While we are here on this earth fulfilling God’s will and purposes, we can have confidence that our God is our protection. There are many verses throughout the Scriptures that give us this great encouragement. Since Jesus spoke about our Father’s protection, let’s look first at these verses. We all love and are encouraged by this first passage out of the gospel of Matthew.
24 “A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his master. 25 It is enough for a disciple that he be like his teacher, and a servant like his master. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebub, how much more will they call those of his household! 26 Therefore do not fear them. For there is nothing covered that will not be revealed, and hidden that will not be known. 27 Whatever I tell you in the dark, speak in the light; and what you hear in the ear, preach on the housetops. 28 And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. 29 Are not two sparrows sold for a copper coin? And not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father’s will. 30 But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. 31 Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows. 32 Therefore whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven. 33 But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven. Matthew 10:24-33
Yes, it is dangerous to be a believer in this fallen world. Satan and his evil forces are against us in the guise of many forms. He can attack us through family, friends, false teachers, false religions and fervid governments bent on not offending the ever offended. Jesus Christ was persecuted by all of the previously mentioned. We can and should expect the same. However, we are not to fear because God has promised that He is intimately involved with our lives and He will ever be with us, even to the end. No, we must fear God and bear witness to the truth about Jesus Christ. We must confess our Savior before one and all. Ultimately, only God has the power to do real harm, and that harm is eternal damnation in fiery hell. Man’s vicious attacks are momentary; God’s love and dwelling place are eternal.
Much later in His earthly ministry, the disciples of Christ were greatly alarmed, when He was going back into hostile territory all for God’s will and God’s glory. He reminded His disciples that if one is doing the will of God they shouldn’t fear, for they are safe indeed.
7 Then after this He said to the disciples, “Let us go to Judea again.” 8 The disciples said to Him, “Rabbi, lately the Jews sought to stone You, and are You going there again?” 9 Jesus answered, “Are there not twelve hours in the day? If anyone walks in the day, he does not stumble, because he sees the light of this world. 10 But if one walks in the night, he stumbles, because the light is not in him.” 11 These things He said, and after that he said to them, “Our friend Lazarus sleeps, but I go that I may wake him up.” 12 Then His disciples said, “Lord, if he sleeps he will get well.” 13 However, Jesus spoke of his death, but they thought that He was speaking about taking rest in sleep. 14 Then Jesus said to them plainly, “Lazarus is dead. 15 And I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, that you may believe. Nevertheless let us go to him.” 16 Then Thomas, who is called the Twin, said, to his fellow disciples, “Let us also go, that we may die with Him.” John 11:7-16
Jesus Christ went to Bethany, outside of Jerusalem, to raise up Lazarus from the dead, even though the Jews in Judea had threatened Him with imprisonment and death. The disciples, afraid of the Jews, had no way of knowing they would witness this glorious miracle and attestation of Jesus’ power over all. Jesus, always doing the will of the Father, went there under the protection of the Father to bring Lazarus back to life from the dead so that His disciples, followers, and those in attendance would witness His power and authority over death, and therefore over all things. God the Father gave Jesus the Son this work so that many would put their faith in Him and His disciples would be well prepared for their ministry as His apostles. The disciples were not expecting any of this and therefore were resigned to follow Him to death. Later, after Jesus Christ ascended into heaven and they had received the Holy Spirit, the apostles followed Jesus by being His witnesses, knowing with certainty that He protected them and in His protection they had nothing to fear.
1 Now about that time Herod the king stretched out his hand to harass some from the church. 2 Then he killed James the brother of John with the sword. 3 And because he saw that it pleased the Jews, he proceeded further to seize Peter also. Now it was during the Days of Unleavened Bread. 4 So when he had arrested him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to four squads of soldiers to keep him, intending to bring him before the people after Passover. 5 Peter was therefore kept in prison, but constant prayer was offered to God for him by the church. 6 And when Herod was about to bring him out, that night Peter was sleeping, bound with chains between two soldiers; and the guards before the door were keeping the prison. Acts 12:1-6
Peter had no fear even though both Stephen, and James, the brother of John, had been recently martyred. He had no fear even though the church had undergone severe persecution after the death of Stephen. He was asleep in his cell on the eve of his intended execution. He knew he was under God’s divine protection. What Peter didn’t know was that he would be delivered from the expectation of the Jews because God His Father, and our Father, still had work for him to do.
7 Now behold, an angel of the Lord stood by him, and a light shone in the prison; and he struck Peter on the side and raised him up, saying, “Arise quickly!” And his chains fell off his hands. 8 Then the angel said to him, “Gird yourself and tie on your sandals”; and so he did. And he said to him, “Put on your garment and follow me.” 9 So he went out and followed him, and did not know that what was done by the angel was real, but thought he was seeing a vision. 10 When they were past the first and the second guard posts, they came to the iron gate that leads to the city, which opened to them of its own accord; and they went out and went down one street, and immediately the angel departed from him. 11 And when Peter had come to himself, he said, “Now I know for certain that the Lord has sent His angel, and has delivered me from the hand of Herod and from all the expectation of the Jewish people.” Acts 12:7-11
Despite Peter being rejected and persecuted by his own people, God was in complete control and brought His apostle out safely for the furtherance of the gospel. Paul also suffered much persecution at the hands of the Jews and the Gentiles and yet he gave this testimony after describing the trouble he had suffered at the hands of a Gentile unbeliever.
14 Alexander the coppersmith did me much harm. May the Lord repay him according to his works. 15 You also must beware of him, for he has greatly resisted our words. 16 At my first defense no one stood with me, but all forsook me. May it not be charged against them. 17 But the Lord stood with me and strengthened me, so that the message might be preached fully through me, and that all the Gentiles might hear. Also I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion. 18 And the Lord will deliver me from every evil work and preserve me for His heavenly kingdom. To Him be glory forever and ever. Amen! 2 Timothy 4:14-18
Paul experienced God’s protection and deliverance many times from the plots of the Jews and the Gentiles. He said the above knowing that he was not long for this world. Soon he would be entering into the glory of His Father and of His Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He was anticipating this ultimate deliverance from all the wiles of the enemy and the contradiction of sinners, looking forward to his reward.
6 For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure is at hand. 7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 8 Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing. 2 Timothy 4:6-8
Dear fellow believer in Jesus Christ, our God is great and mighty to protect us and deliver us as we follow Him and proclaim His truth, the gospel of our salvation, found written in the pages of the Holy Bible. We know that one day our time on this earth will be done, and whether we enter glory through martyrdom or some other way, we can be confident that God has been our protection during our short sojourn upon this earth. God is our protection. Amen!
9 Now the Lord spoke to Paul in the night by a vision, “Do not be afraid, but speak, and do not keep silent; 10 for I am with you, and no one will attack you to hurt your; for I have many people in this city.” 11 And he continued there a year and six months, teaching the word of God among them. 12 When Gallio was proconsul of Achaia, the Jews with one accord rose up against Paul and brought him to the judgment seat, 13 saying, “This fellow persuades men to worship God contrary to the law.” 14 And when Paul was about to open his mouth, Gallio said to the Jews, “If it were a matter of wrongdoing or wicked crimes, O Jews, there would be reason why I should bear with you. 15 But if it is questions of words and names and your own law, look to it yourselves; for I do not want to be a judge in such matters.” 16 And he drove them from the judgment seat. 17 Then all the Greeks took Sosthenes, the ruler of the synagogue, and beat him before the judgment seat. But Gallio took no notice of these things. Acts 18:9-17
Lord Jesus, may we as faithful children, proclaim the good news of Your salvation. May we see Your work done in the lives of sinners as they repent of their sins and believe in You. Thank you that You are always with us and will keep us safe. Amen!