All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.
Jesus is always the Teacher! That’s what He indicates, isn’t it?
He sends His students to make new students in all nations. He tells them to baptize those who decide to become His students!
This is first and foremost the heart’s desire of Jesus for everyone in this world. That we all become His students! Obey His teaching! Become more like Him!
Then He adds - Surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age!
Here Jesus is ascending to heaven, back to the Father. But there is a sense in which Jesus never left. He’s still with His students every day – always!
Today, we close this reading of the book of Matthew. May we reflect a moment on our relationship with the Teacher? And pray for strength and focus of heart to seek His approval above all else!
It was his first public concert. The crowd cheered wildly as the young pianist walked off the stage. The concert manager said - It’s a standing ovation! Go back out and play an encore.
The young man answered - No, I can’t.
The manager exclaimed - Listen to the crowd. They love you! They want to hear you again.
The young man said - Not everybody is standing. There’s one man in the balcony who remains seated.
So what? The manager responded.
The pianist replied - That man is my teacher.