Read Matthew 28:19-20.
As someone who writes for a living, I know that opening sentences and closing sentences have to rock. They have to carry impact. The gospel of Matthew ends with this line from Jesus: “And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Perhaps, at first glance, it may not seem like the most impressive or memorable line. Yet, Matthew chooses to end the book with it, thus speaking to its significance.
The disciples were going to be facing intense persecution over the next few months. And Jesus was assuring them that he would be right there with them, to the very end.
Physically, Jesus would be ascending to the Father. But he would send the Holy Spirit who would indwell the disciples forever.
That was a promise for the disciples. And it’s a promise for us today. Jesus is always with us through the indwelling Holy Spirit. Always and forever.
Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine.
Bringing It Home
In which situations do I need to remember that Jesus is with me? How will that change the situation? Or, how will it change me in order to better face that situation?
Triune God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit! I worship a magnificent and powerful God. I also worship a God who loves me enough to be with me. Always. To the very end. You will never leave me nor forsake me. Amen.