Sunday Devotional: ‘I will be with you always’

In the 40 days after He resurrected from the dead, our Lord Jesus Christ appeared several times to His apostles and disciples — in their homes, on the road, by the shores of the lake . . . .

Every time, strangely, they at first did not recognize Him because He is transfigured — a mystery that will remain a mystery until, should we be so blessed, we ourselves are transfigured in our “glorified bodies” when we are resurrected from the dead at the end of this world.

How precious those times must have been which the apostles shared with their risen Lord.

And then, 40 days after His resurrection, His mission on Earth completed, Jesus bade His apostles a last farewell.

John 16:4-5, 28; 17:1, 4-5, 13

“I did not tell you this from the beginning,
because I was with you.
But now I am going to the one who sent me….
I came from the Father and have come into the world.
Now I am leaving the world and going back to the Father….”
When Jesus had said this, he raised his eyes to heaven and said,
“Father, the hour has come….
I glorified you on earth
by accomplishing the work that you gave me to do.
Now glorify me, Father, with you,
with the glory that I had with you before the world began….
But now I am coming to you….”

Acts of the Apostles 1:8-9

“When he had said this,
as they were looking on,
he was lifted up,
and a cloud took him from their sight.”

Every time I read those passages from John, I weep — as I imagine how wrenching it must be for the Apostles to say goodbye to their lord, master and friend forever.

But of course, Jesus would not just abandon His apostles, nor us.

John 14:19, 18, 16-17

“the world will not see me anymore . . .
I will not leave you as orphans;
I will come to you.
And I will ask the Father,
and He will give you another advocate
to help you and be with you forever — the Spirit of truth.
The world cannot accept Him,
because it neither sees Him nor knows Him.
But you know Him,
for He lives with you
and will be in you.”

Not only did the Father send us the Holy Spirit, who lives with us and will be in us, Jesus also left us His Body and Blood:

1 Corinthians 11:23-26

Brothers and sisters:
I received from the Lord what I also handed on to you,
that the Lord Jesus, on the night he was handed over,
took bread, and, after he had given thanks,
broke it and said, “This is my body that is for you.
Do this in remembrance of me.”
In the same way also the cup, after supper, saying,
“This cup is the new covenant in my blood.
Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.”
For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup,
you proclaim the death of the Lord until he comes.

I will be with you always

How very much He must love us . . . .

May the joy and peace of Jesus Christ, our risen Lord, be with you!

~Eowyn

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14 responses to “Sunday Devotional: ‘I will be with you always’

  1. Well over 20 years ago when I first started driving (for a neighborhood car service), one driver retired. Tony was a real Popeye character, both amusing and annoying at the same time. Anyway, some six months after I had last seen him, I was getting back into my cab, and he signalled someone to let me out of my space. “Teacher, don’t you recognize me? It’s me, Dorlinger.” (His nickname). I did not recognize him.
    About 19 years ago, I bumped into an old flame at a country club out on Long Island. I didn’t recognize her, either.
    There were a couple more cases where I didn’t recognize people after very long absences. Why? BECAUSE THEY APPEARED TO BE OF A GLORIFIED APPEARANCE.
    These examples really happened. And although these experiences I had were of the Natural order, I can definitely understand something as to why the Apostles did not recognize Our Lord at first sight: He had been Glorified.

    The New Testament tells us that after the Resurrection, we shall become “beings of Light.” We shall be Glorified, incapable of suffering, able to pass through walls, transcend vast areas of space at the speed of thought, and we shall never age. In the world of Nature we are in, we are confined to our limitations. But after the Resurrection, the Saved shall share in the Supernatural Glorification Our Lord has had since His Resurrection.
    This is no fairy tale: Dr. Ted Broer is one of the people I’ve heard (on Hagmann & Hagmann) that, thanks to what we are learning from quantum physics, that there are multiple dimensions (“at least 17 of them” he said in one interview) and that God is able to transcend these dimensions at will. So it will be if we shall spend Eternity with Jesus and His Blessed Mother and angels and saints. From this Gospel passage, I take it that Genesis must be phenomenologically true, in that sin really qualitatively damage All of Nature, kneecapped it and crippled it. We became subject to death and physical obstruction. Our intellects became darkened, and our wills were weakened. We lost peace with the animals. This fallen state remained until Jesus Redeemed us from our sins.
    So Our Lord HAD TO have been telling us the truth, given what the Apostles witnessed with their own eyes and their own mouths. And they became emboldened, ready, willing and able to endure miserable deaths rather than betray Our Lord ever again.
    THIS is PROOF that Christianity MUST be true!

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  2. For me, the words of John are that Truth embodied, so that we who have ears may hear it. As for seeing, that is, the Truth envisioned, that happened three times for me, fairly close together, in my 17th year as I began college.

    Those of you who have read my poem about that time know the details. The most striking and also convincing aspects were my experience of & in the Light, being in & of Eternity, and knowing that a man, a star, a fish, a grain of sand were all in God & of God.

    There is NOTHING in the rest of our mere mortality that comes close to the complete perfection and fulfillment of oneself in Godhead. We can become angels when we arrive there, if we chose; this is why some have been visited by one who went before. And it is SO peaceful! Words cannot express but the smallest fraction of this.

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  3. Beautiful devotional Dr. Eowyn…..time has no hold on our Lord…..He was here before us; He was with us with Adam and Eve; He was with us with Noah; He was with us with Moses; He was with us with David; He was with us when the angels heralded His Majesty’s birth to the shepherds; He was with us when He was baptized by John the Baptist; He was with us when He died on the cross; even today, He is with us in our spirits, in our dreams, in our visions…in our hearts. He is with us. Immanuel.

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  4. Thank you for the devotional. John 17 makes it very clear that God and Jesus are one.

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  5. The promises that Our Lord made to us should allow us to overlook all the horrible things we see around us . . . War, Murders of innocents, Thievery, Treason, Marital infidelity, every ill known to mankind. All we have to do is depend on the Promises made to us by The Savior. I know for many, things are so stressful, we seem to forget His Promises. We just have to Remember, Remember, Remember that He has told us that He is always with us, at least in spirit.

    Dr Eowyn . . . what a most precious lesson for this beautiful Sabbath day. Thank you for the time and energy you put into gathering and presenting these Eternal truths to us.

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  6. Ditto, Auntie Lulu, but for me, the fact that “…He is always with us, at least in spirit” is better than the flesh, which is corruptible and mutable, whereas the Spirit is the perfect Ideal of what He & we are about. Please revisit ‘Ideas Have Consequences’ by Dr Richard Weaver for the best short read of your life — guaranteed!

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  7. 40 in the Bible –
    Instances in the Bible where God made major changes
    and transformations after the period of 40

    It rained for 40 days and 40 nights when God wanted to cleanse the world and start over.
    (Gen 7:12 KJV) And the rain was upon the earth forty days and forty nights.

    Noah waited another 40 days after it rained before he opened a window in the Ark.
    (Gen 8:6 KJV) And it came to pass at the end of forty days, that Noah opened the window of the ark which he had made:

    Embalming required 40 days (although this was an Egyptian custom, the Egyptians recognized the period of 40 for the preparation of going into a new life, what they called the afterlife)
    (Gen 50:3 KJV) And forty days were fulfilled for him; for so are fulfilled the days of those which are embalmed: and the Egyptians mourned for him threescore and ten days.

    Moses was on the mountain with God for 40 days (TWICE)
    (Exo 24:18 KJV) And Moses went into the midst of the cloud, and gat him up into the mount: and Moses was in the mount forty days and forty nights.
    (Exo 34:28-29 KJV) And he was there with the LORD forty days and forty nights; he did neither eat bread, nor drink water. And he wrote upon the tables the words of the covenant, the ten commandments.
    (Deu 10:10 NIV) Now I had stayed on the mountain forty days and nights, as I did the first time, and the LORD listened to me at this time also. It was not his will to destroy you.

    Moses’ face shone after the 40 days on the mountain.
    (Exo 34:29 KJV) And it came to pass, when Moses came down from mount Sinai with the two tables of testimony in Moses’ hand, when he came down from the mount, that Moses wist not that the skin of his face shone while he talked with him.

    It took the spies 40 days to search out the promised land and bring back fruit
    (Num 13:25 KJV) And they returned from searching of the land after forty days.

    The Israelites spent 40 years in the wilderness, one year for each day they explored the Promised Land.
    (Exo 16:35 KJV) And the children of Israel did eat manna forty years, until they came to a land inhabited; they did eat manna, until they came unto the borders of the land of Canaan.
    (Num 14:33-34 NIV) Your children will be shepherds here for forty years, suffering for your unfaithfulness, until the last of your bodies lies in the desert. {34} For forty years–one year for each of the forty days you explored the land-you will suffer for your sins and know what it is like to have me against you.

    Goliath came for forty days before being killed by David
    (1 Sam 17:16 NLT) For forty days, twice a day, morning and evening, the Philistine giant strutted in front of the Israelite army.

    Elijah strengthened by one angelic meal went forty days to Mount Horeb where the Lord passed by and he heard the voice of God
    (1 Ki 19:8 KJV) And he arose, and did eat and drink, and went in the strength of that meat forty days and forty nights unto Horeb the mount of God.

    Jonah warned the City of Nineveh they had 40 days until God would overthrow the city. The people repented in those 40 days and God spared the city.
    (Jonah 3:4 and 10 KJV) And Jonah began to enter into the city a day’s journey, and he cried, and said, Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown.
    And God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God repented of the evil, that he had said that he would do unto them; and he did it not.

    Jesus fasted for 40 days in the wilderness
    (Mat 3:17 KJV) And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.
    (Mat 4:1-2 KJV) Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. {2} And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungered.

    Jesus was seen in the earth 40 days after His crucifixion
    (Acts 1:3 NIV) After his suffering, he showed himself to these men and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God.

    http://www.40day.com/40_in_the_bible.html

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  8. Who were the saints that were raised from the dead at Christ’s death?

    The following comments from The Bible Knowledge Commentary should answer your questions.

    27:51-53 (Mark 15:38; Luke 23:44-45). At the time of Jesus’ death, three momentous events occurred. First, the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. This curtain separated the holy place from the holy of holies in the temple (Heb. 9:2-3). The fact that this occurred from top to bottom signified that God is the One who ripped the thick curtain. It was not torn from the bottom by men ripping it. God was showing that the way of access into His presence was now available for everyone, not simply the Old Testament high priest (Heb. 4:14-16; 10:19-22).

    Second, at Christ’s death a strong earthquake occurred, splitting rocks (Matt. 27:51). Truly the death of Christ was a powerful, earthshaking event with repercussions affecting even the creation. A third event mentioned was recorded only by Matthew. The tombs of many holy (righteous) people (v. 52) were opened, probably at a Jerusalem cemetery. The NIV suggests that these saints were resurrected when Jesus died and then went into Jerusalem after Jesus’ resurrection. A number of commentators agree with this view. Many others, however, say that since Christ is the firstfruits of the dead (1 Cor. 15:23), their resurrection did not occur till He was raised. In this view, the phrase “after Jesus’ resurrection” goes with the words were raised to life and came out of the tombs. This is possible in the Greek, and is suggested in the KJV and the NASB. The tombs, then, broke open at Christ’s death, probably by the earthquake, thus heralding Christ’s triumph in death over sin, but the bodies were not raised till Christ was raised.

    These people returned to Jerusalem, (the Holy City) where they were recognized by friends and family. Like Lazarus (John 11:43-44), Jairus’ daughter (Luke 8:52-56), and the widow of Nain’s son (Luke 7:13-15), they too passed through physical death again. Or some say they may have been raised with glorified bodies like the Lord’s. Walvoord suggests this event was “a fulfillment of the Feast of the Firstfruits of harvest mentioned in Leviticus 23:10-14. On that occasion, as a token of the coming harvest, the people would bring a handful of grain to the priest. The resurrection of these saints, occurring after Jesus Himself was raised, is a token of the coming harvest when all the saints will be raised” (Walvoord, Matthew: Thy Kingdom Come, p. 236).

    https://bible.org/question/who-were-saints-were-raised-dead-christ%E2%80%99s-death

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  9. traildustfotm

    Thank you Lord for your promise of companionship and eternal life!

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  10. Reblogged this on kommonsentsjane and commented:

    Reblogged on kommonsentsjane/blogkommonsents.

    Google is blocking the videos by saying they are not available.

    Sunday Devotional.

    Sorry. A day late and a dollar short.

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  11. Hey Eowyn, I wrote this about a year ago….just a blog post about how I woke up….I didn’t think it was anything special until Steve Quayle posted it on his site the other day….I was really surprised and humbled to say the least…and the response has been overwhelming. Ppl saying it really spoke to them and/ or that they really identified with it. Made me realize maybe God had used it in a way. Just wanted to share it with you. I’ve been a long time follower of your site and admire you greatly. Thanks for all you do. Laurel
    To My Friends Who Can See… – http://wp.me/p2Tnlz-5s

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