My study a few days ago included the last couple chapters of Matthew, as always the last conversation Matthew recorded with Jesus strikes me. It is beautiful, inspiring, empowering, and it’s a strong command of all we as followers are called to do. It really begins with Jesus calling Simon Peter and Andrew to follow him several years earlier as he began his ministry.
And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Matthew 4:19
He spends the next three years healing physically and spiritually, teaching and loving his disciples and the multitudes who sought him out. He taught his followers how to love and serve, he revolutionized the world with his teachings, and he ultimately saved all who call upon him and believe, following in his footsteps. Which is why I seek the final verses of Matthew’s gospel anytime I need encouragement or reassurance of what I am doing.
And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Matthew 28:18
Jesus has been given all power and authority by God the Father here on earth, He is the Lord of Lords, King of Kings, the savior of the world.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16
For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. John 3:17
Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. John 3:18
Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Matthew 28:19
Go and spread the good news, shout it, proclaim it, make disciples, become fishers of men!
teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:20
As always Jesus leaves his followers with a word of comfort, hope, security by lovingly reminding them that he is with them always, even until the end of the age. Even though he was ascending to heaven where he currently sits at his Father’s throne, he made certain his followers in that day and ours know with all certainty he is with us, in our hearts, our souls, all we have to do is seek him, call to him and then listen for he is with us!
“Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Luke 12:32