Over fifty years ago, Harry McCormick Lintz wrote a book he called STRENGTH FOR EACH DAY. In it, he tells the story of a group of thirty Christians, who met in secret for worship in one of the eastern European countries located behind the “iron curtain.”
Secret police received a tip and raided an assembly. They began counting the Christians and found thirty present. An old Christian gentleman spoke up and said, “I’m sorry sir, but you missed one.”
The police officer became frustrated and counted again and again; each time, he counted only thirty.
Finally, the officer said, “There are only thirty of you miserable Christians here.”
The wise Christian replied, “No, there’s thirty one. Jesus is with us, but you forget to count him.”
“…I will be with you always, even until the end of this age” (Mt. 28:20b.) NCV