Word for Today – Matthew28:20

He is with You

Is there light at the end of the tunnel? I have to believe that there is or why else strive in this life? Maybe another word for this state of mind is “hope”. As Christians, Jesus is our hope.

After his crucifixion, his followers were devastated. For the disciples, Jesus had been their best hope of social and religious reform. For the hopeless, he was there healing, and for regular folks he was the embodiment of love and compassion. When he died on that cross, so did the hope of many.

But, hallelujah, the Resurrection soon followed, and hope abounded: hope for the hopeless, hope for healing, and hope for every day. Along with renewed hope, a new song was born . . . the beautiful melody of world-wide salvation.

Jesus’ new command was for his followers to sing the song of salvation everywhere and make disciples of all the nations. How blessed are the people of the world because they are welcomed in the Father’s kingdom by the sacrifice of the Son. Jesus also gave us this note of hope:

“And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:20 NRSV).

So even on the darkest of days, we have a light at the end of the tunnel – we have hope. Hope for:

  • Social and religious reform
  • Hopelessness
  • Healing
  • Love and compassion
  • Salvation

Our flesh will struggle with darkness of all kinds from time to time, but we cannot let our emotions usurp the reality of hope in our hearts and minds. Jesus is stronger and more stable than our emotions. This is what gives us hope. And Jesus says it himself, he will always be with us.

Word for Today: Hope is always available, because he is with you.

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