April 1 (Matthew 28:30)
And behold, I am with you
always, to the end of the age. (ESV)
There will come a day when I will eat my last slice of New York style pizza. It is a melancholy thought, but that day will come, as will the day I listen to a favorite song or watch a favorite movie for the last time. It is likely I will not realize my enjoyment of a particular activity is indeed my last, but when I have died, people can identify that final pizza, song, and movie for what they were. And the same will be true for Scripture.
Many of us have our favorite parts, and the final words of Jesus at the end of Matthew’s gospel are cherished by countless Christians. We know them by heart, but we love to hear and read them again and again. Yet there will come a time for each of us when we will read those final words of Jesus for the final time, and then the Word Who was made flesh and dwelled among us, Jesus Himself, will speak those words back to us, but perhaps with a slight change. “I told you I would be with you always!” I can imagine Him saying it with a broadening smile, a twinkle in His eye, and arms outstretched.
The things of earth will grow dim and vanish for every person. Our prized possessions will pass into another’s keeping, and while the paper and binding of our Bibles will not go with us from this life to the next, the words of their truth will carry us on and open into truth as we have never experienced it, for then we will know even as we are known. We will no longer read and listen to our favorite words, but will be in the presence of the One Who is the Word, our risen Lord Jesus, waiting for us in proof of His final word.
Thank You, Lord, for the words You have spoken in Scripture and directly to my heart. May they continue to nourish me with Your promises until the time they are promises no more, but my everlasting reality with You. Amen.
Copyright © 2018 by Steven R. Perkins