Whose presence is thus promised and pledged?

Whose presence is thus promised and pledged?

(Octavius Winslow, “Christ is Ever With You!” 1863)

“Lo, I am with you always — even unto the end of the world!” Matthew 28:20
Whose presence is thus promised and pledged?
It is the presence of Christ! The Christ who is God. “Immanuel, God with us!”

The Christ who . . .made all worlds, created all beings, governs all empires,
controls all events!  The Christ who replenishes . . .earth with beauty,heaven with glory,
eternity with song! The Christ before whom angels and archangels, principalities and powers bend, and at whose name every knee shall bow, and every tongue confess that He is Lord!

The Christ . . .whose glory is divine, whose beauty is peerless, whose wealth is boundless,
whose love is as infinite as His being!

The Christ who . . .bore and put away your sins forever,uplifted and forever removed your curse, paid all your great debt to Divine justice, sorrowed for you in the garden,suffered and expired in your stead on the cross,rose from the grave, ascended up to heaven, lives and intercedes for you, representing your person and presenting your prayers and praises with ineffable acceptance and delight — to His Father and your Father, to His God and your God.

“Lo, I am with you always! Mark! Behold! I the Incarnate God, I who opened my bleeding heart for your redemption on Calvary, I who am your dearest Friend — I am with you always, in all places, and at all times, unto the end of the world!”

O honored saint of God! You have . . . the Divinest in the universe to love you,
the Mightiest in the universe to shield you, the Loveliest in the universe to delight you,
the Dearest in the universe to soothe, cheer, and gladden you!  O favored disciple of Jesus — you have such a one ever at your side!
This is the promise of promises — the richest pearl of all the promises, exceeding in its mightiness and preciousness; while it is the substance, sweetness, and pledge of all the rest!

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