Matthew 28:20b - Comfort in Jesus!

Mat.28:20b; Comfort in Jesus!

Mat 28:20b (KJV)  I am with you alway, even unto the end of the 
world. Amen.  

I am with you alway. At first thought it seems strange that 
Jesus should make such an announcement as this when He was about to 
ascend to heaven and be parted, bodily, from His disciples until the 
day of His return in power and glory. However, by virtue of the gift 
of the Holy Spirit, Jesus would be closer to believers throughout 
the earth than would be possible had He remained bodily present (see 
John 16:7). The Scriptures make the presence of Christ real to every 
humble believer. Through the gift and guidance of the Holy Spirit, 
every disciple of the Master may find fellowship with Christ as did 
the disciples of old. [SDA Commentary] 

Jesus is as surely with us now as he was with the disciples at 
the lake, when they saw coals of fire, and fish laid thereon and 
bread. Not carnally, but still in real truth, Jesus is with us. Of all 
the things in the world that can set the heart burning, there is 
nothing like the presence of Jesus! A glimpse of him so overcomes us, 
that we are ready to say, "Turn away thine eyes from me, for they 
have overcome me." Even the smell of the aloes, and the myrrh, and 
the cassia, which drop from his perfumed garments, causes the sick 
and the faint to grow strong. Let there be but a moment's leaning of 
the head upon that gracious bosom, and a reception of his divine 
love into our poor cold hearts, and we are cold no longer, but glow 
like seraphs, equal to every labour, and capable of every suffering. 
If we know that Jesus is with us, every power will be developed, 
and every grace will be strengthened, and we shall cast ourselves 
into the Lord's service with heart, and soul, and strength; therefore 
is the presence of Christ to be desired above all things. If you 
desire to see Christ, you must grow in conformity to him. Bring 
yourself, by the power of the Spirit, into union with Christ's desires, 
and motives, and plans of action, and you are likely to be favoured 
with his company. Remember his presence may be had. His promise is as 
true as ever. He delights to be with us. If he doth not come, it is 
because we hinder him by our indifference. He will reveal himself to our 
earnest prayers, and graciously suffer himself to be detained by our 
entreaties, and by our tears, for these are the golden chains which bind 
Jesus to his people. [Morning and Evening by Charles H. Spurgeon] 

It is well there is One who is ever the same, and who is ever 
with us. It is well there is one stable rock amidst the billows of 
the sea of life. O my soul, set not thine affections upon rusting, 
moth-eaten, decaying treasures, but set thine heart upon him who abides for 
ever faithful to thee. Build not thine house upon the moving 
quicksands of a deceitful world, but found thy hopes upon this rock, which, 
amid descending rain and roaring floods, shall stand immovably 
secure. My soul, I charge thee, lay up thy treasure in the only secure 
cabinet; store thy jewels where thou canst never lose them. Put thine all 
in Christ; set all thine affections on his person, all thy hope in 
his merit, all thy trust in his efficacious blood, all thy joy in 
his presence, and so thou mayest laugh at loss, and defy 
destruction. Remember that all the flowers in the world's garden fade by 
turns, and the day cometh when nothing will be left but the black, cold 
earth. Death's black extinguisher must soon put out thy candle. Oh! how 
sweet to have sunlight when the candle is gone! The dark flood must 
soon roll between thee and all thou hast; then wed thine heart to him 
who will never leave thee; trust thyself with him who will go with 
thee through the black and surging current of death's stream, and who 
will land thee safely on the celestial shore, and make thee sit with 
him in heavenly places for ever. Go, sorrowing son of affliction, 
tell thy secrets to the Friend who sticketh closer than a brother. 
Trust all thy concerns with him who never can be taken from thee, who 
will never leave thee, and who will never let thee leave him, even 
"Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, and to-day, and for ever." "Lo, I am 
with you alway," is enough for my soul to live upon, let who will 
forsake me. [Morning and Evening by Charles H. Spurgeon]