Jesus is With Who?

In the God News According to Matthew, chapter 28, verses 18-20, Jesus says, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you.”

Then He says, get this: “And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

Jesus tells them to keep it in mind that He will always be with them. Always. Until the end of the age, which is another way of saying, “until the end of the world.”

So here’s the question: since those disciples are now dead and gone, passed on to their eternal home, to whom does Jesus’ promise to be “with you always, to the end of the age” apply?

The answer is earlier in the passage. When Jesus says, “Go… and make disciples… baptizing them… and… teaching them,” He is instructing His apostles on how to establish and continue the global movement known as the Church.

So when He says, “I am with you always,” that’s not just a promise for the apostles, but for the Church He has just commanded them to start.

Are you a Christian, a member of Christ’s Church? Well then, Christian, Jesus Christ is with you TODAY, and always, even until the end of the world. “Remember” that today.

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Author: Joel Settecase

Joel Settecase has served in pastoral and teaching roles at Grace Pointe Church in Plainfield, IL, as well as Chicago Hope Academy and Park Community Church in Chicago. He is the author of the New Covenant Catechism for Little Ones and the Settecase Student Ministry Learning Standards, and he has been blogging on ministry and apologetics since 2013. Joel is the proud husband of Aliza and father of three children.

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