Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.
At the end of the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus makes three incredible statements.
First, He declares that He has been given all authority in heaven and earth. Second, He instructs His disciples to take the Gospel to the ends of the earth. Finally, He makes the promise we focus on today. “I am with you always.”
Jesus had already promised that He would be with them when they gathered together (Matthew 18:20), now He was promising to be with them individually.
Jesus couldn’t make this promise when He walked on the earth.He could only be in one place at a time. However, through the Holy Spirit, He could be with all His followers all the time.
They could be confident that as they traveled to the ends of the earth taking the good news of the Gospel, Jesus would be there as their source of boldness, strength, and guidance.
No matter where they might go, Jesus would be right there with them.
Wherever you are today, Jesus is with you. His Holy Spirit is there to comfort and guide you. His presence gives us strength and courage. His presence reassures you that you are right where He wants you. He is with you, supplying all your needs and empowering you to accomplish His will.
You have His perpetual promise that no matter where you go, He will be with you. He will lead you, empower you, and comfort you every moment of the day.
When you are all by yourself and feeling lonely, remember His promise to be with you. When you feel abandoned by others, remember there is one who has said, He will be with you always.
There is no condition for this promise. Jesus gave an unconditional guarantee that He will be with you wherever you go.
Look at that promise one more time.
Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age. – Matthew 28:19-20
Confess this with me.
No matter where I go, Jesus is with me.
He empowers me to accomplish everything He commands.
His presence is with me and in me.
Through the Holy Spirit, He empowers, guides, and comforts me.
He will be with me until I see Him face to face.
In Jesus Name,
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