Scripture Reading: Matthew 28:16-20
Reflection from Sydenham Methodist
“The best of all is, God is with us!”
So exclaimed John Wesley with his dying words. Having lived a full life, and borne much fruit for the kingdom of God, it is inspiring to hear that Wesley’s final thoughts were not on his accomplishments and achievements, but rather on the God he knew and served. And what was the truth Wesley focussed upon, in his last moments? The principle of Immanuel: God with us. This truth changes everything.
Having journeyed through Matthew’s Gospel, we now arrive at the final words he records Jesus to have spoken. The Rabbi and his ragtag band of followers are back in Galilee. The trauma of the crucifixion is behind them. Soon they will travel to Jerusalem, and on the Mount of Olives will see Jesus ascend to glory.
Knowing that His time with His disciples is short, Jesus sums up their mission, which will last the rest of their lives. All authority has been given to Jesus and as a result He is commanding His followers to go into the world and make disciples, baptising them and teaching them to walk in His ways. Their lifelong mission is our lifelong mission. It is the reason why we as Church exist. No matter our profession- or lack of one- each of us has this calling: to reveal God to the people in our lives.
But we don’t do it alone. For Jesus Himself promises to be with us. As He says elsewhere about His followers, “My Father will love them, and we will come to them, and make our home with them” (John 14:23). What a privilege!
So wherever you find yourself today, may you know the truth Wesley cherished above all others:
Immanuel. God with us.
Prayer: Lord, we praise You for being Immanuel, the God who is alongside us. We know that, because of the cross, You draw near to us in love. Help us to experience Your presence more fully in our lives, so that we may be more like Jesus. May your kingdom come, in our lives and through our lives.
For Your Glory. Amen