Fear is experienced by everyone. So, it is noteworthy that the most repeated command in the Bible is “Do not fear.”
This song meditates on Jesus’ instructions about fear in Luke 12:4-6. There Jesus encourages his disciples to not fear those who can kill the body but do nothing more after that. Why would we fear losing a life that will end anyway, particularly when an eternity lies beyond death?
But the fact that our enemies can “only kill us,” is not the end of fear. In fact, Jesus commands fear. Yes, he tells them, fear the one who can both kill you and cast you into hell! We have offended a God who has every right to send us to hell.
How ought we respond to the fear of God’s wrath? Jesus next command is, “Fear not.” We need not fear God’s wrath because God values us more than sparrows, worthless birds that God nevertheless remembers. We need not fear because, in his grace and through the gift of his Son, God is happy give us his kingdom (Luke 12:32). When we recall God’s love for us in Christ, we are free from fear, free to rest.