"'And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.'” –Matthew 28:20b
If we understand this statement and believe its truth, I believe the Church would explode with the person and power of Jesus Christ. In a very feeble way, my hope is to help us grasp what awaits the individual Christian and the corporate Body of Christ today if we believe these words from the One who cannot lie.
First, let’s evaluate our need to understand the who—Jesus—speaking these words to all members of the Church. He has been given all the power and authority God possesses for the purpose of indwelling every believer so that we can glorify our heavenly Father.
When Jesus says, "'I am,'” He uses the same name spoken to Moses when he asked God for His name (Exodus 3:13-14). And God Almighty spoke this same title to Daniel, David, Gideon, and you and me. It’s the same “I am” Jesus uses when He says, "'I am the bread of life (John 6:35)'” and "'I am the resurrection and the life (John 11:25).'"
Jesus is the “I am” who conquered death, spoke the universe into existence, called the stars by name, and paved the only path to the Father. He is the key “I am,” and He is with us and in us.
Secondly, it’s important to understand that Jesus Christ’s power and authority are found in His perfect love for each of us. Power and authority can be scary, but it drives our hearts toward our Lord Jesus with total submission.
Why? Because His perfect love seeks only what is best for each of us. He seeks our highest good, and His authority allows Him to accomplish what His love desires. Our fight is to trust Him to do this no matter the circumstances we are in.
This is the fight of our hearts—to walk by faith, not sight. We must have holy boldness and confident courage that living by faith is the only way to a life that bears much fruit.
'"This is to my Father's glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.'" –John 15:8
Today take risks in the direction of your hope by faith, saying, “Thank You, Lord Jesus,” in whatever circumstances the Lover of your soul has called you to.
John's travels for ministry behind the Iron Curtain led him to found East-West Ministries International in 1993. John and his wife, Susie, live in Dallas, Texas and have a grown daughter and two grandchildren.