'And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.' Matthew 28:20 (NIV)
It's inevitable that at some point or other we will be separated or kept apart from good friends, whether by land, sea or sky. It's unlikely that we go through life with someone always at our side, always with us everywhere we go. People come and go, relationships flourish or whither, and the world around us changes rapidly.
But if we are followers of Jesus and are saved by Him, we can be certain that we will never be left alone.
Wherever we go: if we stay at home or travel abroad, or settle on foreign soil.
Whatever we do: whether we’re at school, college, university or in the work place, or on a gap year, holiday or retirement.
Whenever: in times of confusion, chaos, pain, anger, sadness or in great times of celebration and happiness…
Jesus is with us.
Whether we’re with other believers or are the only one swimming against our friends’ hollow tide.
Whether we get amazing results or things don’t turn out as planned.
Whether we please Him or unintentionally mess up, again.
Whether we feel like it or not.
Jesus is with us.
He is with us this Summer, next Summer, in five Summers time, for the next million Summers and throughout these years: every day, every hour, every minute, every moment… the greatest friend we ever have will never forsake us.
Emmanuel, but not just at Christmas – He is with us every step, in every season, at every time. He’s there in those situations when it’s so easy to shunt Him aside. He’s there when we think we don’t need Him. He’s there when we need Him the most. He’s there when we are ashamed to speak to Him. He’s there when the people and world we love has spurned and rejected us, and He’s all we have. He’s there as you read and I write this.
Jesus’ promise still stands: for over 2,000 years it has proved true and it will continue to till the end of eternity.
Forever and ever He is with us, wherever, whenever.