Many people around the world will be staying home today. Why? Paraskevedekatriaphopia. That is the fear of Friday the 13th. While it is a superstition to have bad luck on this day many have this fear. Next time you are in an elevator in a building with over 20 floors take a look at the numbers. There is a 90% chance that the 13th floor will be skipped. The number 13 gets a bad knock. Some athletes will not wear it on their jersey and some teams prohibit it.
On this Friday the 13th I encourage you not to live by superstition or fear but by faith. It is Christ in you the “hope of glory.” He is the divine resident in you. He is reigning over you. And He is to be released through you. On Monday of this week the man who led me to Jesus went to heaven. Pastor Nolan Ford was in his 80′s. He was a role model and a hero of the faith to me. On a Thursday in 1964 during Vacation Bible School at the Pisgah Baptist Church he gently confronted me with the Gospel one-on-one. I went home and gave the witness some thought. The next day the conviction intensified. I was the first of 16 who received Jesus by faith that day. I am sure glad my pastor talked to me.Have you shared Jesus with anyone lately? Friday the 13th is a great day to do it.
Pastor Ted Traylor