vs32. Jesus was talking to the crowd, but then He turned to speak to His disciples: “Don’t be afraid, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the Kingdom.”
“Don’t be afraid” –> don’t worry; don’t be anxious; don’t be nervous; don’t be scared; perhaps even ‘chill out.’
“little flock” –> Sheep—dirty, smelly, dumb, defenseless. That’s a sheep. That’s me. That’s us. But, we have a Shepherd—the Good Shepherd who knows us and wisely cares for us.
“for” –> because. Why shouldn’t we be afraid? Is it only because of our Shepherd? No. We have One who is more than a Shepherd.
“your Father.” –> God himself is our Father; our loving, caring Father!
“to give you the Kingdom” –> Who can give me the Kingdom except the King himself? No one!
“good pleasure.” –> He enjoys, He delights to give us the Kingdom! God doesn’t give us the Kingdom because He is obligated to do so. He delights to give it to us. If He gives it to us, we share in it; we live in it.
So, we have a wise Shepherd/loving Father/generous King who delights to give us His Kingdom! He’s not selling it, not trading for it. He’s giving it to us! It cost Him the sacrifice of His Son, but He gives it to us. What enormous love! That’s why we need not fear!
Heavenly Father, what love you have shown and continue to show to sinful mankind! I don’t understand how you can do it, but I am so grateful you do! Thank you for making a way for me to be reconciled with You. Please help me to point others to Jesus so they can also be reconciled with You. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
We know and have believed the love which God has for us. God is love, and he who remains in love remains in God, and God remains in him. -1 John 4:16 (WEB)