Matthew / chapter 28 (read the chapter)
I love the way Matthew ends. Some might think it’s anticlimactic, with so little detail given to the resurrection and what followed. But I actually think it’s the best part: “And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (vs 20)
How do we really know that’s true? If we can’t see God with our eyes or hear Him with our ears or touch Him with our hands, how do we really know He’s with us?
Because everything else Jesus said was true.
- He told the disciples He would be crucified and raised to life again.
- He warned Jerusalem that their city would be destroyed.
- He told Peter that he would deny Him.
- He told Judas that he would betray Him.
Everything He said happened just as He said it would. Everything He said was right and accurate and true. So, even though we can’t see Him or hear Him or touch Him now, we can believe that He was just as right about being with us always as He was about coming back from the dead.
As Paul said, there is nothing—absolutely nothing—that can separate us from God. He is with us, always, whether we know it or not.
I don’t know about you, but there are many days when I need that reminder. There are many days when it feels like nobody else is with me, when it even feels like everybody else is against me.
But we never need to feel hopeless in this world devoid of hope, because our God has promised that He will always be with us—even to the very end of the age. And to that I say, may the end of the age come quickly!
Until then, you are never alone.