Blessed… Lo I Am With You

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,
Keith

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.

Peace,
jkb

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I love Mike Ashcraft's book, "My One Word." For the past nine years I have participated and encouraged others to participate to in the "My One Word" Challenge. My first word was discipline was my word the first year. Since then my word has been focus, sight, jungle, peace, concentration, serve, genuine and this year is fit. I seek to be fit for my health, my family, my church, my ministries. I seek to be fit in any are of my life where God might point to me. I also have a nickname, "Dr. B." When I was a public high school teacher, Dr. B. is what most of my students called me, at least in my presence. I am still called that by many people though I no longer teach in public schools. I am the author of "Average Joe: With an Extraordinary Story" (available on Amazon). The book fits into the genre of "Biblical Fiction" or "Christian Fiction" and features some of the Bible's lesser known characters. The name of my blog is, "Fork in the Road." Life is filled with forks in the road. It isn't a matter of if we encounter a fork in the road, but when will we and how many will we experience in a lifetime. I love to strum my guitar. I am not a great guitar player but I enjoy it. I also enjoy writing music. I get excited with I feel a new song emerging. I live with my wife Cindy and our little dog, "Bishop" in Lufkin, Texas. I spent the past 30 years as a United Methodist pastor, serving churches all over east and southeast Texas, from just north of Tyler to south of Houston, from the Gulf Coast to east of Madisonville. I currently serve Perritte Memorial UMC in Nacogdoches. I spent one year in the classroom, teaching High School government, economics, psychology, and sociology. Cindy and I have been married for 43 years. We have two grown sons and six grandchildren, three boys and three girls. I enjoy preaching and all it's aspects from research to writing to the actual preaching event. I also love writing, reading. I have dabble in drawing and "painting" with pastels as well as woodworking and woodcarving. My current projects are two ukuleles. I collect, repair and restore guitars too. I play the guitar (badly, but I still do) I also enjoy working with paracord on various projects, mostly prayer ropes I usually give away. I hold an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Data Processing, from San Jacinto College in Pasadena, TX, a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in History from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, a Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and a Doctor of Ministry from Carolina University of Theology. This blog started out as devotional writings. In August of 2020, I made a major change to the blog, switching to a daily theme format. Sunday Sermon-usually my manuscript sermon Miscellaneous Monday-misc. writing, poetry, ministry Tuesday Thoughts-Devotion Wed. with Wesleys-hist. & theol. of early Methodists TED Talk Thursday-Video & appl. in current theology Five for Friday-5 things I've seen & my thoughts Sing-Along Sat. - Usually a new song I have written I write, "Strumming a G-Chord with Dr.B." to get my thoughts onto something permanent. After all, they say, once something is on the internet it never really goes away. Still, I hope you enjoy reading it. Who knows, it might generate a bit of discussion between you and me and anyone else who might make their way here. Seeking the Genuine, Keith Lufkin, Texas August 2020

One thought on “Blessed… Lo I Am With You

  1. Loved this story. We should do this (Place our name in the verse) for many of the verses. They all pertain to us. Thanks be to God for your faithfulness to bring us the word. Can’t wait for Jonah. I can relate to him. Kay

    On Wed, Sep 27, 2017 at 4:50 AM Pastor’s Ponderings wrote:

    > revbroyles posted: ” 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 Therefo” >

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