Good morning to you my precious friends and family
Hebrews 13 verse 8 says “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever”
If there was ever a scripture to draw encouragement from, this would be it. “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever”. This is a foundational truth written in heaven. Our Lord Jesus does not change. He will not renounce His words. He will not revoke His offer of unconditional love and grace. As the world gets increasingly worse, our Lord Jesus is the anchor who keeps us safe until the end.
One of the main points in the book of Hebrews is that Jesus is the guarantor of God’s promise of redemption. Hebrews 6 verses 17-20 says, “For when God desired to show more convincingly to the heirs of the promise the unchangeable character of His purpose, He guaranteed it with an oath, so that by two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope set before us. We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain, where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf, having become a high priest forever after the order of Melchizedek”.
God promised our redemption on oath and swore by Himself to make it absolutely certain (see Hebrews 6:13-14). Jesus ratified this oath by His blood shed on the cross. Now we are reminded that Jesus never changes, He will be the same throughout the ages. This is encouraging for us whose entire faith and hope rest on Him.
Scripture tells us over and over that God will not change His mind, Malachi 3 verse 6 says “I the Lord do not change”. James in chapter 1 verse 17 also spoke of this, “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows”.
He does this to make His intentions very clear to us so we can rest in those promises. In Numbers 23 verse 19, when Balaam was paid to curse Israel, God did not allow it, instead He pronounced a blessing on them through the oracle and this was part of it, “God is not a man, that He should lie, nor a son of man, that He should change His mind. Does He speak and then not act? Does He promise and not fulfill?”. What was meant to harm them, turned out as an encouraging word to them because God wanted them to know He will not change.
In the same way, we can let this truth penetrate deep into every thought process we own. Jesus is the same, He will not change. He will not recant His Word. He will always prove Himself faithful from beginning to end with every moment in between testifying to it that “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever”. What an amazing truth!
This COVID-19 pandemic has been a hard one to grasp. It has taken away a lot of the things we were all looking forward to. But one thing we can be sure of is that Jesus has been very present during this time. He has not been taken away from us.
COVID-19 might change how we go about our days, but I can promise you, it does not change our God. In fact, it makes His face more visible and His voice so much louder. Our God is a loving God who does not change and there is so much hope and peace in that.
All that is temporary can and will change, but He is eternal; remaining the same from the beginning of time, now and forever. Jesus Christ the Messiah is eternally trustworthy. What a Mighty God we serve.
Let us pray:
Dear Father God, You alone are worthy of all glory and praise! You are not shocked by what is happening in the world, and nothing is impossible for You. Today we proclaim that You will be glorified through the situation of this world. Your name be praised throughout the earth. Continue to reveal Yourself in the darkness Lord Jesus. Shine brighter than the fear of death, loneliness or economic ruin. When we look back on this time in history, may we be filled with joy as we remember the revival, hope, and peace that came from this season. Lord Jesus, continue to draw this hurting world back to you. In YOUR name, Amen.
Much love in Christ from Maurice and Margaret