Matthew 17:1-8 (NKJV)

Now after six days Jesus took Peter, James, and John his brother, led them up on a high mountain by themselves; and He was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and His clothes became as white as the light. And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them, talking with Him. Then Peter answered and said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here; if You wish, let us make here three tabernacles: one for You, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.”

While he was still speaking, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them; and suddenly a voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Hear Him!” And when the disciples heard it, they fell on their faces and were greatly afraid. But Jesus came and touched them and said, “Arise, and do not be afraid.” When they had lifted up their eyes, they saw no one but Jesus only.

Matthew 28:1-9 (NKJV)

Now after the Sabbath, as the first day of the week began to dawn, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to see the tomb. And behold, there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat on it. His countenance was like lightning and his clothing as white as snow. And the guards shook for fear of him, and became like dead men.

But the angel answered and said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. And go quickly and tell His disciples that He is risen from the dead, and indeed He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him. Behold, I have told you.”

So they went out quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to bring His disciples word.

And as they went to tell His disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, “Rejoice!” So they came and held Him by the feet and worshiped Him.  Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell My brethren to go to Galilee, and there they will see Me.”

The disciples had a supernatural experience on the Mount of Transfiguration. They were frightened and Jesus touched them and told them not to be afraid. Matthew records the story of the women who came to the empty tomb and heard the angel tell them the good news about the resurrection. The angel told them not to be afraid. Then they met the resurrected Jesus who also told them not to be afraid. In all these instances people had encounters with the supernatural and were afraid. We are used to walking and functioning in the natural world and when God introduces us to walking on a higher plain we can be frightened by what we are not used to. However, as long as it is God we are dealing with we must receive from Him and not be afraid to walk on a higher level than ordinary humans. After all we are children of God, heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ. Let us come up higher and experience the wonderful things we read about in the Bible and enjoy what God has for us while we are on earth. We are the light of the world and the salt of the earth. We are different from those who do not know God. Let us not be afraid of being different. That is who we are.

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