Updated: Jul 27
Yesterday we discussed how you now have direct access to God yourself and are welcome to draw near or come to Him at any moment. Along with that today we want to emphasize to you that Jesus is committed to you for eternity and is not going to leave you.
Jesus said in Matthew 28:20, “I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” These were Jesus’ last words with the book of Matthew. This was the thing that Jesus wanted His disciples to remember as He was going back to heaven. He would always be with them. The same thing is true for you. He is always with you. This is important for us to grab hold of because just like His disciples did after He left, you are going to make mistakes, you are going to hold wrong views, possibly hurt Him, and hurt other people. It is important to remember in those moments that He is still with you, He is still for you, He still wants you, and He still loves you. Remember, He died to make you His own, it was not cheap for Him, it was so important to Him and therefore He is not going to give up on you.
Beyond being with you until the end of the age, Jesus’e hope and desire is for you to be with Him where He is and for you to see Him for who He is truly is in His fullness. In John 14:1-3, right before He dies, Jesus tells His disciples that He is going up to heaven to prepare a place for them and that He is going to come again so that they can be with Him where He is. In addition, right after this He prays and tells the Father, “Father I desire that they also whom You gave Me may be with Me where I am, that they may behold My glory…” (John 17:24) In these two verses, do you see Jesus’ desire for us? He wants us to be with Him forever enjoying Him and awestruck by His glory. He is preparing for that day right now. He is looking forward to the day that He can come back and there is no physical separation anymore. It is such a desire for Him that He told the Father publicly that He wanted it. He wasn’t ashamed of it.
Right after this moment, all of His disciples would desert Him and Peter would even say 3 times he didn’t even know Jesus. Jesus knew those things were going to happen when He made those two statements. When He raises from the dead, He makes no mention of what happened to the disciples. If Jesus was committed to being with His disciples until the end of the age and was committed to and looking forward to being with them forever in heaven while knowing they would fail Him, you can be assured that Jesus will have the same level of commitment and faithfulness to you when you fail Him.
One of the major things that we have to learn to overcome is shame and condemnation. In the world, if you do well, you are liked, accepted and celebrated. If you fail, generally, you are not liked or accepted or celebrated. When we get saved, we bring that mindset in with us. However, that is not how Jesus sees things. Romans 8:1 says that there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. Why is that? For two reasons. First, because there is no condemnation from Jesus. John 3:17 says that Jesus did not come into the world to condemn the world, but that He might save it. If Jesus didn’t condemn people while He was on the earth, He is not going to condemn you now that you have given your life to Him. The second reason is because He paid for all of your sin. Because He paid for it, He is able to remove it from you and forget. (Jeremiah 31:34) Therefore, there is nothing to condemn you for. This is why we talked about learning to give your sin to Jesus on the cross.
Therefore, we want to encourage you, when you feel discouraged, when you feel condemned, when you sin, when you make a mistake, draw near to God and take a moment to remember that He died for you when you were uninterested in Him. Also, remember that He is still with you and that is His choice, He’s not obligated to be, He wants to be.