Fear Not!

A young officer on his first dive in a submarine carefully inspects the equipment as the ship slowly descends to test depth. Prior to going to sea every system has been carefully inspected and tested using various equipment that simulates actual conditions when submerged. But the real test is taking the ship out for the first time and actually diving to to that depth where the test results indicate that the ship should function as designed.

Suddenly a pipe in front of the young officer jumps from a bracket with a loud bang. The officer freezes. He speculates: ‘should that have happened? Is that an impending crisis?’ At this depth, a rupture of even a small pipe could have catastrophic consequences as sea water would spray with horrific force inside the ship damaging equipment and quickly affecting the delicate balance of buoyancy and speed needed to resurface. But the young officer does not panic for facing him and staring at the same pipe is a first class petty officer, a rank that implies several years of experience. Since the petty officer did not panic, this must not be worrisome the officer supposes. Only later does the officer learn that this was that petty officer’s first cruise and that since the officer had not panicked, the petty officer saw no need to panic either. But when more experienced sailors learn of it, they sound the alarm quickly bringing the ship to the surface and back to port.

More frequently the lack of understanding causes inappropriate panic. Considered the two women went to see the tomb of a recently deceased friend when an angel suddenly appeared. Guards stationed to watch that tomb quiver then freeze stiff with panic. Yet the women hear the authority of the angel telling them: “Do not be afraid! The one whom you seek is not here. He has been raised as he said. Come and see the place where he had lain. Then go quickly and tell his disciples …”

How does trusting Christ’s resurrection affect how you live?

I will have more to say about Matthew 28:1-10 at Temple Terrace Presbyterian Church on Easter Sunday, April 16th, at 8:15 AM and 10:00 AM. We will celebrate the Lord’s Supper at both services.

Robert Shaw
Pastor, Temple Terrace Presbyterian Church