Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Jesus Is Unchanging!

The scripture says, "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever." (Hebrews 13:8)

This assertion comes in the middle of general instructions to the believers toward the end of the book of Hebrews. These people were experiencing difficult times of persecution, and the fact that Jesus is unchanging is a source or reassurance.
"Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”  So we may boldly say: “The LORD is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?” (Hebrews 13:5–6) 

Jesus can fulfill his promises to us because he is eternally unchanged and unchanging. His love, his power, his purposes, his provision are rock solid. We are secure in him!

Did you ever wonder how Jesus could become a man without changing? And how could he grow from infancy to adulthood without changing? And how could he die, be resurrected and then glorified at the Father's right hand without changing?

The answer is that you are not your body. The changes to your body are not changes to the essential you! The same person who preexisted as God the Son took on human flesh through the virgin birth... and continued to be himself, but now in human flesh.

Another point is that neither material things in general, nor human beings in particular are essentially evil (as the Gnostics taught.) The virgin birth is important because Jesus was a new beginning in humanity - a second Adam - and sinless. Unlike the first Adam, Jesus did not succumb to temptation, but lived sinlessly so that he could pay the penalty for our sin.

Jesus is the same, yesterday, today and forever!

It is a wonderful truth!

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