This is, and always has been one of my favorite verses: Matthew 18:20 For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them. It is one of those “simple” verses that to me, contains great truth, and comfort.
We all know that He is with us even when we are alone. But, this verse pertains to any and all meetings that we call together in His name. We have His direct assurance that He is with us as a group of people. One of the most important things to note is that this verse has no limit as far as place or time.
It doesn’t matter if we are gathered in a church building, at a park, in a prison, on a boat, on top of mountain; doesn’t change the fact. Doesn’t matter if it is Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, or Sunday. He is with us when we gather in His name. We have His promise, and we believers know that God keeps His promises no matter what.
Why else do I find this a great comfort? Because when you read about even the angels in the Old Testament; they ran into trouble coming to the aid of the Old Testament faithful, take for example; Daniel 10:12 Then said he unto me, Fear not, Daniel: for from the first day that thou didst set thine heart to understand, and to chasten thyself before thy God, thy words were heard, and I am come for thy words. 13 But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me one and twenty days: but, lo, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me; and I remained there with the kings of Persia.
When the Lord became human, living for us, dying for us, raising for us…He took back certain…domains that Adam has lost. The prince of the power of the air has no dominion over Christ. The adversary cannot harass Jesus, nor keep Him from us, as he could perhaps harass the holy angels. Jesus is with us always, as I said, and we are assured of that when we come together as believers as well.
I got really sad once reading a Roman catholic mother explain (on a Roman board that doesn’t allow non-RC’s to post) how she teaches her child about the mass…”Do you hear that bell? When that bell rings Jesus is really and truly comes to be with us here.” Okay…what have you just taught your child? That Jesus is sometimes not with us, and that He did not really mean it when He said the when two or three are gathered in His name that He is already there. Really and Truly. Doesn’t need a set of misused words such as what are said at the mass, doesn’t need a bell, doesn’t need to be in a cathedral, doesn’t need to be with a crowd.
So, never forget, He is with us, and if you want even more assurance find another believer gather together in His name, and know. We are most assuredly not alone.
Hebrews 13:5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.