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‘I will be with you always.’, Matthew 28: 20.
The last verse of the last chapter of Matthew’s gospel carries a great promise from the risen Jesus.
‘I will be with you always’, he said to disciples then, on a Galilean mountain top. And to us now, wherever we are, the same risen Christ says, ‘I will be with you always.’
At Christmas time we talk of God coming to be with us, to dwell among us on Earth in Jesus of Nazareth. Being alongside humanity continues forever. Neither death, nor his return to God, his Heavenly Father, could ever diminish Christ’s abiding love for all creation.
St Paul would later say in the letter to the Romans (chapter 8, v 39), ‘there is nothing in all creation that will ever be able to separate us from the love of God which is ours through Christ Jesus our Lord.’
What a comforting and challenging promise for this Easter season and always.
Reverend Donald McCorkindale, Ardgour, Strontian and Morvern Parishes, Church of Scotland.