Easter When JESUS was born and the “shepherds were in the same country abiding in the field...” “the Angel of the Lord came upon them...” and said to them: “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be unto all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David, a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord” (Luke 2:10,11). Notice the command “Fear Not.” In addition to the several hundred times that “fear” is used in the Bible from beginning to end, there was another crucial time when the Angel of the Lord appeared and spoke, this time, to the women at the tomb (Mary Magdalene and the other Mary), when they discovered that the stone had been rolled away, and that JESUS was gone. Then the Angel spoke to them and said, “Fear Not”: for I know that you seek JESUS, which was crucified. “He is not here, for HE is RISEN” (from the dead). Dear friends, just as the message at Christmas (when Jesus was Born) was “Fear Not,” so was the message at Easter, “Fear Not.” Fear not what man may do to you; Fear not what tomorrow may bring; Fear not for your life, for as Jesus said, “the life is more than meat, and the body is more than raiment” (Luke 12:22,23). If you are one who is a Christian, then FEAR NOT. If you are not a Christian, then fear for your eternal life. The message of Easter is “FEAR NOT,” for JESUS is risen. He is in Heaven. He is alive. Yes, He is alive! MICHAEL BRANDES Temple, Texas