Scripture Lesson: Matthew 28:18-20
And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.
We will end our study of the promises of Jesus with what is known as the “Great Commission”. For the disciples, it had been a long 3 ½ years. So much had happened and yet there was so much to be done. They had survived what was probably the most traumatic time of their lives, the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. Now they stood ready, to take on this new challenge.
Although the crucifixion had been horrendous, Jesus was with them now. However, some among them still did not believe. At this point it didn’t matter. Jesus attention was towards the believers and those that would believe because of their work.
Jesus begins this commission with the proclamation that all power is given unto Him both in heaven and in earth. He had overcome every obstacle put in His way. He had defeated Satan. Now it was time to proclaim the Kingdom of God to all nations. He instructed them to go, teach and baptize all nations. What were they to teach? They were to teach people to observe all of the things Jesus had commanded.
Finally He ends with what is our promise for today. He promised that He would be with them always. They would not have to worry about being alone. They would not have to be overcome with fear and doubt. Jesus was with them.
This promise is extended to us today. Jesus promised that He would be with us, even until the end of the world. There is nothing that can separate us from His love. Regardless to our situations, we must know and have confidence that Jesus is with us always.
My brother Jesus has all power in heaven and on earth. He has commissioned me to go and teach others to observe all of the things He has commanded. I rejoice and I am grateful for the promise that He is with me always, even unto the end of the world. In Jesus Name, Amen.
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