It’s that time of the year again… You know, the time when you look back at the previous year, reflecting on where you’ve come and how it’s gone. The time of the year when you look forward to what lies ahead. The time of the year when you remember those you lost and celebrate the new children, friends, and relationships that came into your life.
I imagine that Jesus’ disciples did a little bit of this after Jesus died and in the weeks following His death as they saw their risen Lord. I can see them sharing stories amongst themselves about all the miraculous deeds that Jesus did in their midst. I picture them first consoling one another over Jesus’ death, then rejoicing as they hear the good news that He is alive. I can hear them discussing what all this means and what’s next for them.
Jesus would reveal what’s next. It was a bold plan to change the world. A seemingly impossible plan for so few people:
And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20
Jesus gave the disciples a new purpose and mission. This was the moment Jesus had been preparing them for. This was the plan all along. But they wouldn’t do it alone. Did you catch the promise?
And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:20b
How are you feeling about the new year? Are you filled with hope or despair for what lies ahead? Jesus has big plans—seemingly impossible plans—for you in the coming months and years. But you don’t walk alone. He will be with you, to the end of the age.