Jesus’ final words before his ascension were, ‘I will be with you always even unto the end of time’ (Mt 28).
Today Christians know Jesus through the gift of faith. This enables us to recognise Christ’s divine personhood and trust in his saving mission. Our relationship with him is then cultivated through familiarity with his character in the Gospels, prayer, receiving him in the Eucharist and conforming our lives to the pattern of his life. This personal knowledge leads us to friendship with him as our living Lord.
The common timescale of all human history is now measured by the coming of Christ. The words ‘before Christ’ (BC) refer to the years prior to his birth. The words ‘anno Domini’ (AD), ‘in the year of the Lord’, acknowledge his continuing reign.