At our conference today, Jim Edwards has been speaking on a list of Greek words he’s selected from the New Testament in its original language. One of them is a word “proserchomai” (since I don’t have a Greek font), which is the word for people approaching God. He notes that Matthew’s gospel uses this word for people approaching Jesus too. But then at the end, it flips. After the resurrection, Matthew uses that word for Jesus’ followers coming to him. Now Jesus’ followers are bringing him to others. He’s still doing the same things that he did back then – healing, teaching, working for justice, and most importantly walking with us. (Listen to my Easter message for more on this.) In Matthew 28, Jesus says, “I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
Isn’t everything better when we’re not alone? It sure is for me.
As Dr. Edwards put it, those four words, I am with you, have the power to transform despair into courage.