““Teach new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.””
When Jesus was taken back up to Heaven, the disciples could have been disappointed once more, that their Messiah was again not with them. The first time He left they thought He was dead. And now, before their eyes, ‘He was taken up into a cloud… and they could no longer see Him.’1 Yet instead of moping around in shock, disbelief and fear, they met together and prayed and within a few days church growth exploded coupled with the Holy Spirit’s baptism.
Jesus’ last words or ‘the Great Commission’ as it is better known, was not just a commission for a select few, but for all believers then and now. The commission hasn’t changed. We too are commanded to make disciples of Christ, spreading His Good News in love to all. And just as the disciples were empowered by the Holy Spirit’s anointing, so can we. We have a choice to make though. Do we continue looking to the clouds gazing hopelessly at Jesus’ ascension, or do we trust that just as He said, ‘Jesus is with us always, even to the end of the age.’ If Jesus is with us, and if we are empowered by the Holy Spirit, then let us not wait to share His Good News, but spread it with haste and purpose. Just as He promised, He is with us always.