I can’t think of a more comforting statement for this time by our Lord Jesus. He says in Matthew 28:20b, “I am with you always, to the end of the age.” In a time of so much uncertainty, this is certain, He is with us always.
For God’s people this is the substance that produces joy, in the midst of a pandemic. Hear the sound of our Savior’s voice, echoing louder than the voice on the news, “I am with you always.” Hear our Savior’s voice, louder than the lonely thoughts in our heads, “I am with you always.” Hear our Savior’s voice, louder than the voice of fear-mongers, “I am with you always.”
There isn’t a moment He isn’t with us. There is not a millisecond that you are alone. There is not a battle you fight, that He is not present for, and active in. You may be fighting loneliness, He is there to fight with you. You may be fighting doubt, He is there to fight with you. You may be fighting fear, He is there to fight with you. Jesus fights with, and for His people. So, take heart, because Jesus is undefeated.
Why did Jesus end His great commission call with this statement? Because He knew that His disciples would run into various trials. They would run into persecutions, sufferings, highs, and lows. In the midst of severe persecution, He desired this statement to pierce their minds, “I am with you always.” When you are beaten, and tortured for my namesake, “I am with you.” When you have success in planting churches, and proclaiming the Word, “I am with you.” And for us, when COVID-19 runs wild in our world, “I am with you.”
This is the statement that strengthens our arms to hold on, and to persevere. This is the statement that strengthens our weak knees, and helps us continue our race. He is with us, He is for us, and all things are working together for our good. Take heart, Christ’s words will stand, forever. Heaven and earth will pass away, but His word will not pass away. This is the statement we hold on to in the midst of this pandemic.
Jesus did not say He is with us, sometimes. He did not say, He is with us when things are going well. He did not say He is with us, when we do our part. He said, “I am with you always.” The omnipresence of our Lord, should cause the presence of fear and anxiety to leave.
I know there are some who are having a difficult time coping with the effects of COVID-19 on our lives. Some who are confined to their home, and it may seem like God has abandoned you. You may be doubtful, and weak. I want to say this clearly, if you belong to Jesus, He is with you, He is for you, and this is working for your good. Right now, in this moment, wherever you are, He is present. Pray to Him, commune with Him, confess your weakness to Him, and look to Him in this time, and forevermore.