“Affirmation Saves,” says Jesus. To go forward with our eyes wide open, and our minds and hearts too, is the true way. The world in which we live is a dangerous place. Everywhere forces antagonistic to life demonstrate their presence. Viruses and bacteria dwell in our environment, ready to take advantage of any weaknesses in us. Natural cataclysms and man-made wars threaten our existence. Industrial pollutants fill the air we must breathe. And in the middle of all these hazards, Jesus, the God-Man says to us, “Tis I; Be not afraid”. To allow ourselves to sink into fear and negativity is not the way to improve the quality of our lives. Life is not a mere material phenomenon; it is a manifestation of spiritual power, and such power proves its presence, not in counsels of despair, but in acts of courage and initiative.
Eugene Halliday, Through the Bible, Book 2, pages 172-173