In Matthew 28:19-20, Jesus says these words: “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
These are some of the last words every recorded before Jesus ascended into heaven. These words are also what Christians call The Great Commission. The Great Commission is the command that Jesus gave to go and make disciples: in other words, he was asking us to tell everyone the Gospel in the hope that they would become Christians.
That all seems well and good, but it isn’t as easy as it sounds! In fact, it can be very hard to tell people who aren’t Christians about Jesus. Actually, it can even be hard just to be a Christian.
But the comfort is there in verse 20 – I am with you always.
Jesus never left us in need. He never left the job half done. He said on the cross ‘It is finished!’ and completed the work fully to the utter satisfaction of the Father. That is some amazing truth. And so, when Jesus left the earth in order to start making disciples, he reassured us that he would never leave us or forsake us. He knew that we couldn’t ever do the work without him. And so he promised to stick with us.
And he doesn’t just stick by with us when we’re serving him either. The most humbling thing is that Jesus even sticks with us when we mess up, fail him and despise him. He is the Father God who never let’s go.
It’s truth like this that makes me want to fall to my knees and say to Jesus “Thank you, thank you, thank you!”
Dean is a Minister in the Anglican Church. Currently he is Curate in the parishes of Bedwas, Machen, Michaelston-y-Fedw and Rudry in South Wales. He was born and bred in Wales, is married to Megan, and has two dogs called Taliesin and Melyn, and two cats named Sinsir and Hâf. He graduated from Cardiff University with a BA Hons. in Theology & Religious Studies, and has studied for an MA in Theology, Ministry & Mission at Trinity College Bristol. He also holds a Cert.RSCM from the Royal School of Church Music. He loves playing music, walking, reading, blogging and horse riding as well as going to the cinema and theatre.
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