From the Word
18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 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, 20 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
The theme of this year’s Epistle articles has been “The Changeless and the Changing.” Since I wrote the last one in late March there has been great change. That change has caused us to change the way we have received God’s Word and our worship.
Jesus has not changed. Our forgiveness, sufficient grace, and the assurance of heaven has not changed. Our membership in God’s kingdom has not changed. His Word has not changed. Our calling as His people to make disciples of all nations has not changed.
God has blessed us in this time with changes that make this unlike any health crisis of the past. We can proclaim, and receive God’s Word in ways our ancestors could not have imagined. We can see and hear worship without being physically present. We can communicate with one another in various ways without being in each other’s presence. Despite the evil uses we see of internet and social media, they have been invaluable to us in communicating with one another, and they are new ways for us to live out the Great Commission.
Soon we will gather in person. Soon we will be able to experience worship together. Soon we will be able to gather at the Table of the Lord to receive His grace. But we will continue to seek out ways to make disciples in person, on the internet, and through social media. In good times and bad, many spend a lot of time there. Thus, we will minister there, and anywhere else God grants us the grace to minister.
Change will always be with us. Some will be wondrous, other will be frightening and uncertain. God will remain the same. His love, forgiveness, blessings, daily grace, and assurance of heaven will remain certain. We will continue to communicate the changeless in ever-changing ways. As we do so we remember His promise, “I am with you all the days, even unto the end of the age.”