“But you are those who have continued with Me in My trials. And I bestow upon you a kingdom, just as My Father bestowed one upon Me…” (Luke 22:28-29, NKJV)
We cry out to God and ask Him to comfort us, counsel us, and heal us. We call out to Him in our times of trial and ask Him to make His presence known. We trust that God walks alongside us and tends to our needs. However, in the Gospels, when Jesus was dwelling on earth, we read of the disciples walking with Jesus, not Jesus walking with the disciples.
Jesus certainly didn’t need the disciples in the personal sense. He did not call upon the disciples so that they could comfort Him, counsel Him, and give Him strength. When Jesus faced temptation in the wilderness, He prevailed against all difficulty with the power of scripture and His prayerful communion with the Father. Jesus did not take people with Him.
He doesn’t need us to attend to His personal needs. But, Jesus does need our help in furthering the Kingdom of God. In responding to needs and building God’s kingdom here on earth, we are, in a way, with Him in His trials. Consider this illustration from Matthew 25:31-40, NKJV:
Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’
When we are present to and help people and when we address the needs of this world we continue to walk with Jesus; however we also know that Jesus walks with us, as stated in the Gospel according to Matthew, “…and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (Mt 28:20b). Though He has ascended to the Father, Jesus is still with us in spirit, word, and deed. Therefore, we are blessed in two ways: (1) We walk with God, and (2) God walks with us. One walk, two blessings. Thanks be to God.