The Great Commission
v.20b And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.
For me these verses always set the goose bumps going! There is no “Would you mind?” or “Do you think you could?” Instead there is the majesty and authority of our risen Lord Jesus. The impact of these challenging words must have been daunting for the eleven disciples and are none less so for us today, BUT in that challenge is the rock solid assurance given by God’s Son.
As a small child I was allowed to run errands to the village shop on my bike. Not much of a challenge in that you might think, but I’d only just mastered riding a two-wheeler, I might forget the “commission” and I was out on my own or was I? On this small scale I was in fact prepared as the eleven disciples had been as I had some experience and training in undertaking smaller errands much closer to home. Above all, I was not alone; Mum and home were not that far away, folk in the small village looked out for us youngsters and the family who owned the village shop knew everyone. If I’d needed it, the back-up was there in spades as the expression goes!
There are elements of this childhood memory that relate to Jesus’ commission – the clear instruction to be carried out and the challenge it contains, the experience and training that had gone before and the assurance that Jesus gave that small group of eleven is there for us too. He is with us and will never leave us.
“Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!” Lord Jesus, cleanse me anew each day and fill me with your Holy Spirit, so that I can share with those I meet your love and saving grace certain in the knowledge that you are with your children to the very end of the age.