The End of the Lesson
Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
This passage is well known to Believers because it is the last walking instructions Jesus gives. These are, indeed, very important words for us. As a teacher, I think the most important thing to ask at the end of a lesson is What was your favorite part? It does not diminish the importance of any other part of the lesson to ask someone: What stuck out to you the most? And there is no incorrect answer.
And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age... That’s my favorite part of this instruction; it struck me the most. In this passage, I do love the direction, the logical progression of thought, and the command. But the ASSURANCE that he adds at the end is my FAVORITE part.
And be sure of this... Take it to the bank! Count on it! It is both comforting and reassuring knowing that someone who holds incredible power makes an absolute statement. There is no way that what he is about to say next isn’t absolutely positively going to happen!
I am with you always, even to the end of the age... He is capable, able and willing to never ever be absent from me – not only for right now but for forever. He is always with me regardless of my situation, attitude, or position. No one else can make that kind of guarantee. Because of this promise, I am never alone, never lonely, never unloved. And that is why those are my favorite words from the lesson.
Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank you for promising to be with me and doing what you’ve promised. I love you so much, and I love the comfort and assurance of you words. I love that at the end of your instructions you give me such a reliable reminder that enables me to know you are with me giving me the desire and ability to do all the things you’ve said. You are with me all the time, so I am never lonely or unloved. Thank you, Jesus, thank you so much, and I pray in your name, amen.