June 16, 2014

Matthew 28:20 “And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

How do you end a story? One of the more famous ways is the line “and they lived happily ever after.”  When Luke got to this part of the story of Jesus that Matthew has reached, Luke decided to write another whole volume to describe how the risen Christ lived on in the church and how the gospel spread all the way to Rome. Matthew is content to leave his readers with Jesus’ words of assurance, “And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” On Father’s Day yesterday I am sure there were countless cards and phone calls and emails that expressed the truth between children and Dads that though the kids are now grown and might not be close geographically they are still connected, still somehow present. Some, like myself, whose Fathers are gone, remember and treasure and continue to feel the bonds.  We affirm something in Christianity called “The Communion of Saints,” the belief that we remain connected in this life and the next through all that God has done in Christ. And so Matthew finds this a fitting end to his story even as it sends his readers out into the future. How is Christ with you this week?

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