Wednesday Word 11.13.19

Matthew 28:16-20 New International Version

16 Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. 17 When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. 18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Jesus doesn’t say, “I’ll be with you again someday up in Heaven.” He doesn’t say, “Until we meet again.” Jesus says, “I am with you always.” Right then and there. Right here and now. He said always.

I cannot begin to tell you what a profound effect this passage had on me. I think it should be known as “The Great Commission and The Great Promise.” He commissions us to preach and teach and obey; that is very plain. But these words also carry a promise that has changed my whole perspective. Jesus is with me. Right here and now. If I try to follow and obey his teachings, I will grow more and more aware of his presence. I will be comforted more and more. I will be encouraged and inspired more and more. It is my behavior and attitudes that increase my awareness of him. My actions can either draw me closer or attempt to push him away. He has been right there all along, waiting for me to see and acknowledge him. He said, “I am with you always.” He said always and he meant it. He is with you always…something to pray about.

Your sister in Christ, Vicki