The Unchanging One
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and for ever. (Hebrews 13:8)
We live in a world where things are rapidly changing – so rapidly that at times it is hard to keep up. Consider how computers are now part of everyday life, whereas two decades ago they were still quite rare. Or think about mobile phones: not only now does every young person in the west seem to have one, but they are almost as commonplace on a crowded bus in Kenya or a heaving train in India. Yes, things are certainly changing.
Of course, change is not always for the better, is it? There was a time when we could always trust our pension company, but not any longer; there was a time when we could always trust our employer to provide a job for life, but not any longer; there was a time when we could always trust people who worked with children, but not any longer. The prevailing philosophical view of ‘the ascent of man’ – the steady, upward progress of the human race – now somehow seems rather shaky. Yes, things have certainly changed.
In the midst of a changing world – both for good and for bad – there is one who never changes, however – and that is Jesus. He is just as faithful, just as dependable, just as kind, just as powerful as he ever was. And because he is the same, he can still meet our needs as much as he ever did. For this Jesus is the eternal Son of God, the one who was at the Father’s side from before the beginning of time, and so is eternally relevant.
You may be facing all sorts of change at this time. But the promise of God is that his unchanging son is with you, bringing to you his unchanging power and purposes for your life. Today, focus not what on is changing all around you, but on him, the unchanging one.
Because God wanted to make the unchanging nature of his purpose very clear to the heirs of what was promised, he confirmed it with an oath. God did this so that, by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled to take hold of the hope offered to us may be greatly encouraged. (Hebrews 6:17-18)
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