16 Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus told them to go. 17 When they saw him, they worshipped him, but some doubted. 18 Jesus came near and spoke to them, “I’ve received all authority in heaven and on earth. 19 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, 20 teaching them to obey everything that I’ve commanded you. Look, I myself will be with you every day until the end of this present age” (Matthew 28:16-20, Common English Bible).
We finally come to the last five verses of Matthew. We began this study back on January 17 and with this post, I will have posted 218 posts on Matthew’s Gospel. I would never have thought there would be so many when I started.
A number of years ago I ran across a story. I even used it in a sermon. These days I can’t find it. I even spent way too much time searching the internet for the story. I wanted to give proper credit to the author. If you recognize the story I would appreciate it if you left the author’s name in the comments.
Missionaries went to China (I think) to try to convert some who lived there. They had some success and among the converts was a teenaged boy named Lo.
When Lo because a Christian he was all in and became a voracious reader of the Bible. He would stop his reading when he didn’t understand and would track down one of the missionaries and ask them to explain.
One day while reading the last chapter of Matthew he suddenly stopped. He ran to find one of the missionaries. Excited, almost to the point of being incoherent, young Lo began pointing at the verse from our lesson that says, “Look, I myself will be with you every day until the end of this present age.” Only young Lo wasn’t reading from the Common English Bible. It had not yet been translated and written down. Lo was reading from the old Revised Standard Version when he came across that verse, reading it as, “and lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age.”
When Lo, read the word lo, not being a native English speaker, he didn’t know what it meant and assumed it was a message for him personally. It was Jesus saying, “Lo, yes, you young man, Lo, I will walk with you.”
What Lo grew to understand is really a message for all of us. We could fill in our name in where Lo found his name. And Jesus, calls our names and telling us God would be with us always.
That is a blessing. That is grace. It is a gift. It is also good news. And perhaps at that news, we should all get as excited as Lo.
Have a blessed day in the Lord.
Joy and Thanksgiving,
Copyright 2017, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved
FYI, this brings an end to our Matthew study. I am going to take a few days off and will be back next Sunday, October 1 when we will begin a new series on the book of Jonah. The title will be “Big Fish, Big Attitude.