Do Not Be Afraid

Do Not Be AfraidIn this touching scene, we see Jesus helping two children cross a creek. It may not be a big river, but the water is running swiftly and the children are in danger of being swept away. Jesus, who loves all children, stands on a boulder to help one of the children reach safety while the other is already safe in his arms.

The title of this jigsaw puzzle is “Do Not Be Afraid”. Where does this title come from and how do we know that it applies to this picture? While there was never a scene like this recorded in the Bible, this picture is consistent with other passages from the Bible. If you were to do an internet search for the phrase “Do Not Be Afraid” from the Bible, you would find over a hundred passages. Here are a few that I found:

“Don’t be afraid, for I am with you! Don’t be frightened, for I am your God! I strengthen you— yes, I help you— yes, I uphold you with my saving right hand!” Isaiah 41:10

“…Immediately Jesus spoke to them: “Have courage! It is I. Do not be afraid.” Matthew 14:27 and John 6:20

Jesus said, “In fact, even the hairs on your head are all numbered. Do not be afraid; you are more valuable than many sparrows.” Luke 12:7

And we know that Jesus, unlike many adults of his time, loved and had tender regard for children. One example is from Matthew 19:14 in which he said, “Let the little children come to me and do not try to stop them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”  

As you and your loved ones assemble this Christian jigsaw puzzle, you can search for the other Bible verses in which Jesus has said “Do not be afraid” and discuss what this means to you.

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