Be encouraged brothers and sisters in Christ. The Lord has given us a wonderful promise.
Matthew 28:20 … lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
… exceeding great and precious promise he ushers in…
“I am with you;
I, the eternal Son of God;
I, who have the angels at my command, and make the devils tremble by my frown;
I, who in your sight have caused the storms to cease, the blind to see, the lame to walk, the dead to rise, only with the word of my mouth;
I, who have all power in heaven and earth committed to me — am with you;
not, I will be with you, but, I am with you, and that alway,
all the days, or every day:
Wheresoever you are, and whensoever you do any thing toward the executing of the commission which I have given you, I am with you in the doing of it,
and that too to the very end of the world:
that is, so long as I have a church upon earth, which shall be till my coming again to judge the world, all this while I promise to be with you, and consequently as long as the world shall last.”
Lo, I am with you – That is, by my Spirit, my providence, my attending counsel and guidance. I will strengthen, assist, and direct you. This also proves that Christ is divine. If he is a mere man, or a creature, though of the highest order, how could he promise to be “with” his disciples “always,” or at all? They would be scattered far and wide. His disciples would greatly increase. If he was “with them” always, he was God; for no finite creature could thus be present with many people scattered in different parts of the world.
Amen. … expresses what every pious reader must say in his heart, “So be it, O Lord; be with us unto the end; guide and strengthen us in life, and bring us safely through the valley of the shadow of death, to thy blessed presence, where is the fulness of joy forevermore!”