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I Am With You Always

Reading

Matthew 28

Early on Sunday morning, as the new day was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went out to visit the tomb.

Suddenly there was a great earthquake! For an angel of the Lord came down from heaven, rolled aside the stone, and sat on it. His face shone like lightning, and his clothing was as white as snow. The guards shook with fear when they saw him, and they fell into a dead faint.

Then the angel spoke to the women. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I know you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead, just as he said would happen. Come, see where his body was lying. And now, go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead, and he is going ahead of you to Galilee. You will see him there. Remember what I have told you.”

The women ran quickly from the tomb. They were very frightened but also filled with great joy, and they rushed to give the disciples the angel’s message. And as they went, Jesus met them and greeted them. And they ran to him, grasped his feet, and worshiped him. 10 Then Jesus said to them, “Don’t be afraid! Go tell my brothers to leave for Galilee, and they will see me there.”

11 As the women were on their way, some of the guards went into the city and told the leading priests what had happened. 12 A meeting with the elders was called, and they decided to give the soldiers a large bribe. 13 They told the soldiers, “You must say, ‘Jesus’ disciples came during the night while we were sleeping, and they stole his body.’ 14 If the governor hears about it, we’ll stand up for you so you won’t get in trouble.” 15 So the guards accepted the bribe and said what they were told to say. Their story spread widely among the Jews, and they still tell it today.

16 Then the eleven disciples left for Galilee, going to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. 17 When they saw him, they worshiped him—but some of them doubted!

18 Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. 19 Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. 20 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.”

Reflection

I Am With You Always

And so the moment comes, the miracle Jesus had foretold but which remained a mystery to the hearts of His followers until now. As two devoted women return to the grave of their beloved, a startling visitation occurs. Heralded by an angel, the tomb of Jesus is opened, the grave is ripped wide, and Jesus stands before them in His glory, radiating with the light of His salvation.

Over the following hours as Jesus appears to His followers they are again unprepared for the magnitude of the moment they inhabit, at first afraid and then confused, and finally overcome with the joy of their risen Lord. Even at this moment they don’t fully understand what’s happened. Soon the Holy Spirit will be unleashed in their lives and nothing will ever be the same again. From here on out their ministry becomes a continuous unfolding of the events they’ve witnessed, as they begin to understand Jesus’ own words and the prophecies of old, and bear witness to the astonishing moves of the Holy Spirit. Their lives are sold out to the cause of telling the world about the One who is the Son of God, the bringer of life and eternal salvation to all who believe.

Our commission is the same. To spend our days walking out our own salvation, our lives one continuous revelation of Jesus’ love for us, of His character and His perfection and His true identity as the saviour of all the world. The story of Jesus’ ministry and His relationship with His disciples is a complete picture of our own walk with him. And because of His perfect sacrifice, the veil of separation between us and God is removed forever, and we walk in complete intimacy with our Creator through the power of the Holy Spirit.

Such things are almost too great to comprehend – that we would have fullness of life because of the love of one man. Even more, that we would not only be recipients of His gift of life, but in turn become bearers of the waters of healing, bringing life to all the world.

Lord God, there is only one response we can offer in the presence of such awesome grace. That we too would devote our lives to the cause that You commissioned to Your followers, and go into all the world to tell them of the miracle of Your love.