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Everlasting Presence: Reflections On Matthew 28:20

His Everlasting Presence…

In the closing verses of the Gospel of Matthew, we find a profound promise that has comforted countless believers throughout the ages. Jesus Christ, after His resurrection, and before His ascension, assures His disciples of His perpetual presence: “Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen” Matthew 28:20 . This assurance is not just a parting word but a declaration of an eternal truth that transcends time and space. It is a very vibrant part of our faith, as Christians to this very day. It is our inherent promise as Children of God.

The context of this promise is significant. It is part of what is commonly known as the Great Commission, where Jesus sends out His disciples to make disciples of all nations. The task is monumental, the implications far-reaching, and the challenges, no doubt, daunting, to say the very least. Yet, His direct command is accompanied by a comfort that is equally vast—the promise of Jesus’ unending Presence. How amazing is that?

This promise of Jesus to never leave us is echoed throughout the scriptures. In Deuteronomy 31:6, God encourages the Israelites with similar words: “Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.” The continuity of God’s presence from the Old Testament to the New Testament underscores His unchanging nature and His unwavering love and commitment to His people, His followers.

The implications of Jesus’ promise are manifold. Firstly, it means that in every trial and tribulation, believers are not alone – nor will they ever be. As Hebrews 13:5 reiterates, “Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” This divine companionship provides strength and solace in the face of life’s storms. And in our lives, there shall brew many a storm, and many dark days- such as the nature and progression of life. In and out of our days here on earth, will be sorrow and joy, sadness and happiness. But through it all, He is with us – we are with Him- and He will never abandon us!

Secondly, the promise of Jesus’ Presence empowers believers to carry out the Great Commission. The task of evangelism and discipleship is not carried out in human strength but with the pure divine assistance of Christ Himself. As believers step out in obedience, they do so with the confidence that the Lord is with them in every effort to spread the Gospel.

Lastly, the promise is a foretaste and predilection of the eternal fellowship believers will enjoy with Christ. Revelation 21:3 paints a picture of this ultimate fulfillment: “And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself shall be with them, and be their God.” The presence of Jesus that begins here on earth will culminate in an everlasting communion in the new heaven and new earth.

In conclusion, the promise of Jesus in Matthew 28:20 is not just a historical statement but a living reality for every believer. It is a source of courage, a catalyst for mission, and a glimpse of the eternal state of being with God. As believers hold fast to this eternal promise, they can navigate the uncertainties of life with the certainty of the Presence of Christ, who is the same yesterday, today, and forever! Now isn’t that enough to make you leap for joy and shout out praise and thanks to the LORD of lords and King of kings! Amen!

“Heavenly Father, I come before You with heart full of gratitude for the assurance of Your constant presence. As You have promised in Matthew 28:20, You are with me always, even to the end of the age. I thank You for the comfort and strength that this promise brings to my life, and your children’s lives.

Lord, I ask that You guide me as I strive to fulfill the Great Commission, to share Your love and truth with all nations. Empower me by Your Spirit to be bold and courageous, to speak Your Word with clarity and conviction.

I sincerely pray for those who are feeling alone or abandoned, that they may experience Your love and companionship in a tangible way. May they be reminded that You will never leave them nor forsake them, as You are the same yesterday, today, and forever.

As I go about all my days, help me to sense Your presence in every moment, to see Your hand at work in my life and others, and in the world around me. Give me the peace that surpasses all understanding and the joy that comes from knowing You are ever by my side. In Jesus’ name, I pray, Amen.

About C D SWANSON

C D SWANSON is an Author and freelance writer, a contributor to various websites, a member of Faithwriters, and has a website. It is her greatest joy to write what’s in her heart, and thus her favorite form of expression is in her devotionals. She and her husband share a deep love of God and dote on their fur baby Mickey. Retired Director from Long Term Healthcare, she continues to be an advocate for many. To check out other writings of this author you can go here:

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