JESUS IS THE SAME, YESTERDAY, TODAY AND FOREVER

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JESUS IS THE SAME, YESTERDAY, TODAY AND FOREVER

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” Hebrews 13:8

In life, where change seems to be the only constant, what rest and comfort we find when we truly realize what an unchanging constant Jesus is. His love for us does not change. His promises for us do not change. His protection over us does not change. His provision never changes. This means that when we look into the Bible and see His good work in the lives of those of whom it is recorded, we can know that those promises hold true for us today as well.

Let us start with Abraham.

“I will make you a great nation; I will bless you and make your name great; and you shall be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” Genesis 12:2-3

In this, we see that our repute and our image matters to God. God wants us to be of good repute. God wants us to be known, for when we are known, then the words of Isaiah are fulfilled again,

“that they may see and know,
may consider and understand together,
that the hand of the Lord has done this,
the Holy One of Israel has created it.” Isaiah 41:20

When God blesses us, Jesus gets praise too! Those around us see our lives changed, our needs provided for and it makes them want to be part of it, get into the act, and this gives our Father much joy! Is it not wonderful to know that to be blessed by our Father makes Him happy? Yes, He is happy WHEN he blesses us, BECAUSE he blesses us. It is not the other way around.

And one more thing to note about God’s promise to Abraham is that God says He will bless THOSE who bless you, and curse HIM who curses you. Those you bless you will be more plentiful than him who curses you! What a blessed revelation from the Spirit!

Now let’s look at David.

David is often remembered as the one who slew the giant, who took the reins of kingship from Saul and gave Israel many good years. But it is from God’s forgiveness of David that we can also learn much.

David coveted the wife of his most trusted general and even sent him to the battle front to die in battle so that David may take his wife. But when confronted with his sin by the prophet Nathan, all that was recorded for us of David’s response was this exchange,

“Why have you despised the commandment of the Lord, to do evil in His sight? You have killed Uriah the Hittite with the sword; you have taken his wife to be your wife and have killed him with the sword of the people of Ammon.” 2 Samuel 12:9

“So David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the Lord.”
And Nathan said to David, “The Lord has put away your sin; you shall not die.” 2 Samuel 12:13

Note how quickly the saving grace of the Lord comes upon David. The Spirit records for us, through Samuel, that David’s forgiveness was given the moment he repented. The Spirit even saw fit to put it in the same verse as David’s confession.

Sure, David’s first son with Bathsheba was slain by God. That was because he would have been first in line to the David’s throne if he was let to live. And given the circumstances that that boy was conceived, it would have been morally wrong for him to ascend the throne in such a manner.

But God, though He took the boy away from David, did not condemn him, an innocent. Instead God took him up to be with Him. We know this through David’s response,

“When David saw his servants were whispering, David perceived that the child was dead. Therefore David said to his servants, “Is the child dead?”
And they said, “He is dead.”
So David arose from the ground, washed and anointed himself, and changed his clothes; and he went into the house of the Lord and worshiped. Then he went to his own house; and when he requested, they set food before him, and he ate. Then his servants said to him, “What is this that you have done? You fasted and wept for the child while he was alive, but when the child died, you arose and ate food.”
And he said, “While the child was alive, I fasted and wept; for I said ‘Who can tell whether the Lord will be gracious to me, that the child may live?’ But now he is dead; why should I fast? Can I bring him back? I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me.” 2 Samuel 12:19-23

The child was already in God’s hand. David saw this and was relieved sufficiently to carry on with his life, knowing that he will one day see his son again in heaven.

Another beautiful detail in this account that we need to take note of is the nature of our repentance that the Spirit desires. The Spirit did not record that fact that David had to write Psalm 51 BEFORE he was forgiven, though he did write the psalm in repentance to God for this sin. No. It was plainly recorded that once David acknowledged that he had sinned against the Lord, he was forgiven. What the Spirit wants, what God wants, what Jesus wants is just sincere repentance. Not public apologies like the world revels in. Not long drawn affairs that drama serials are made of. Just a sincere heart, one that acknowledges that we have sinned, and from then on, we want to do differently, live differently, that is all God wants.

Similarly, that is all that God wants from us when we turn to Him, still, even today. Acknowledge that we have sinned, and then receive the forgiveness which He gives us. It is as simple as that. And once we have done that, we become qualified to receive the promises of Abraham. And all the other promises that are listed in the Bible, especially this,

“And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, because you obey the voice of the Lord your God:
Blessed shall you be in the city, and blessed shall you be in the country.
Blessed shall be the fruit of your body, the produce of your ground and the increase of your herds; the increase of your cattle and the offspring of your flocks.
Blessed shall be your basket and your kneading bowl.
Blessed shall you be when you come in, and blessed shall you be when you go out.
The Lord will cause your enemies who rise against you to be defeated before your face; they shall come out against you one way and flee before you seven ways.
The Lord will command the blessing on you in your storehouses and in all to which you set your hand, and He will bless you in the land which the Lord your God is giving you.
The Lord will establish you as a holy people to Himself, just as He has sworn to you, if you keep the commandments of the Lord your God and walk in His ways.
Then all the peoples of the earth shall see that you are called by the name of the Lord, and they shall be afraid of you.
And the Lord will grant you plenty of goods, in the fruit of your body, in the increase of your livestock, and in the produce of your ground, in the land of which the Lord swore to your fathers to give you.
The Lord will open to you His good treasure, the heavens, to give the rain to your land in its season, and to bless all the work of your hand.
You shall lend to many nations and not borrow.
And the Lord will make you the head and not the tail; you shall be above only, and not beneath, if you heed the commandments of the Lord your God, which I command you today, and are careful to observe them. So you shall not turn aside from any of the words which I command you this day, to the right or the left, to go after other gods to serve them.” Deuteronomy 28:1-14

Beloved child of God, Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever. You can rest in Him, the only constant in this world. So stand fast on His unchanging person and His unchanging love for you.

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