16 Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. 17 When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. 18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 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 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:16-20
It’s interesting that even as He appeared to them, some doubted. The Second Person of the Holy Trinity appeared to them after being killed and buried. What was the source of the doubt?
Was it because they didn’t recognize Him and thought it might have been an impostor?
Was it because they didn’t believe He actually died and was buried?
Was it because they were guilty about fleeing from Him at the moment of truth?
Even in the midst of the other Believers who were probably in awe about what they were seeing (perhaps in a different kind of disbelief), the doubters existed. We know that Thomas was one of them but there were others.
Still, He commissioned them to carry on the task that He started.
But He didn’t leave it at that. He would be with them when they went out. They would do miraculous things in His name and for His sake. They wouldn’t be left helpless.
As we face the day to day life struggles, we need to be reminded early and often that we’re not alone. Yes, Jesus’ words applied to the disciples directly and those who would follow them, but the general principle is there: you’re not alone in this world. Ever.
Some need to hear that just now.
As the Christmas season is in full swing, many don’t celebrate they way they used to because of loneliness. Perhaps Christmas never was a joyous time in your life for whatever reason. Let me repeat: you are not alone in this world.
Reach out to God, yes, early and often. Tell Him about your loneliness and despair.
Then reach out to a friend. You’ll be glad you did