Matthew 28:20 – “… I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” NASU
In the context of this statement, Jesus was issuing what we call ‘The Great Commission’ to His followers. He identified that He had ALL AUTHORITY in heaven and on earth. He commanded them to GO and make disciples of ‘all nations’. He instructed them to baptize and teach them to ‘observe’ ALL HIS COMMANDMENTS. It was at the conclusion of that assignment for them and us that He gave this most powerful promise – “I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
Throughout my Christian walk, I have taken this promise of Jesus as one of my Foundational Rocks upon which I stand and take comfort. No matter what the assignment, how difficult the task, how large the opposition, or how dangerous the endeavor, I KNOW that HE IS GOING TO BE WITH ME. If He is ‘with me’ what do I have to fear? If He is ‘with me’ what can be too difficult? If He is ‘with me’ there is no reason to shy away from any assignment and the obstacles and opposition are simply possibilities and opportunities for God to demonstrate His incredible power and love. If I become a casualty in the flesh that is a small thing compared to His eternal purpose. It would only mean I get promoted earlier than others around me and get to the heavenly party earlier than I would have expected. That is most assuredly a comfort to me.
He is not with me ‘some of the time’, or for a ‘short time,’ He is with me TO THE END OF THE AGE! That means as long as I am on this planet HE IS WITH ME. As long as I occupy this tabernacle of flesh HE IS WITH ME. As long as I breathe life naturally HE IS WITH ME. Each step I take, each difficulty I encounter, each victory I experience HE IS THERE! He is WITH ME!
You are not alone! All mankind could forsake you and you can still know that HE IS WITH YOU! So as you go through this day and the rest of your life go in the confidence and comfort that HE IS WITH YOU and will not forsake you. As long as you are here HE IS WHEREVER YOU ARE! Hallelujah!
So, as you go through your day go in the grace, peace, power, and comfort of the Lord! BLESSINGS!