Remain At Rest In Your

Unchanging Lord And Savior!

(Part 3)

By Pastor Ence Ragos

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and tomorrow.”

Hebrews 13:8

  

       In our previous discussion, we’ve seen the reality of Christ’s immutability, and answered the question: “How is He always the same?” We’ve highlighted various aspects of Christ’s Person and character as these relate to our lives. Our circumstances and situations may change but Christ remains the same!

       Today, we will consider Christ, in His activity, answering the question: “How does He govern the 

days of our lives?” After that, we will look into the implications of these truths: “How are we strengthened as we trust in his unchanging character?”


Why does it matter that Jesus Christ be the same yesterday, today and tomorrow?

          It matters because He holds supremacy over our lives. He knows us more than we could ever know ourselves. He has come so that we could recognize Him as the only source of life, without Him we are nothing and can do nothing!

          The Apostle John spoke of Him as God and King: “…Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood…"I am the Alpha and the Omega," says the Lord God, "who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty" (Revelation 1:5, 8).

          Jesus’ own testimony shines even brighter than the brightest sun! He has shown us himself, and He remains true to His Word. Moses declared, “Before the mountains were born or you gave birth to the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God” (Psalm 90:2). When we talk about Jesus, we must understand that He is before all things, and nothing came to be apart from Him. Thus, we can be certain that even the days of our lives are ordained and governed by His powerful hand.


How then does He govern the days of our lives?

          “YESTERDAY”: JESUS CHRIST SHOWED US IN HISTORY WHO AND WHAT GOD IS REALLY LIKE.

          It is an amazing fact that Christ came to identify with our humanity. He is the eternal Son of God, the omnipotent Ruler and Creator of all things. And yet, he came as our Savior. He came as a man, who lived a perfect life and became a substitute on our behalf. He died on the cross to satisfy God’s justice and wrath. Then He rose and conquered the grave!

          The following passages speak clearly of these truths:


“Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might destroy him who holds the power of death — that is, the devil— 15 and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death.17…made like his brothers in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people” (Hebrews 2:14-17)


Such a high priest meets our need — one who is holy, blameless, pure, set apart from sinners, exalted above the heavens” (Hebrews 7:26)


“But when this priest had offered for all time one sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God” (Hebrews 10:12)


          “TODAY”: WE HAVE THE PRIVILEGE OF FELLOWSHIP WITH HIM!

          We now can relate with Him, know and love Him as we had acknowledged and believed Him to be Lord and Savior of our lives! We are well acquainted with His ministry of intercession in heaven for us. By His grace, we can come boldly before the throne and present our prayers and petitions. There is no greater joy than to be able to agree with Peter when He said, “Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy” (1 Peter 1:8).

          Remember the context of our passage? The writer wanted his readers to be freed from covetousness and worldly concerns.  Instead, they are to remain fully committed and entrust their lives. He told them, “He Himself said, “I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you.” So that we can confidently say, “THE LORD IS MY HELPER…”( Hebrews 13:5-6). When we have the Lord, we have everything!

          “TOMORROW”: WE HAVE THE HOPE OF EVERLASTING JOY!

          We know that Christ will return to make all things right. He will establish His kingdom and His dominion will be forever! We can be sure that all this world and its pleasures will pass away. In Christ, we can look forward to something permanent:


“Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe” (Hebrews 12:28)


          Truly, the Christ that we worship today, is the Christ who was and who is to come! Everyday, we have the opportunity to respond to Him through His Word. We can take delight in Him for all that He has richly blessed us with, being His children. We may be confined by difficulties and problems. We may be overwhelmed with cares. We may stumble and fall at times. But because He is our constant comforter and keeper, we can experience renewal. We can have the courage to face our tomorrows.


          Applying these truths further, “How will our lives be strengthened as we trust in his unchanging character?”


1. WE HAVE A FIRM ANCHOR FOR OUR SOULS.

          “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. We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, where Jesus, who went before us, has entered on our behalf. He has become a high priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek” (Hebrews 6:17-20).

          Our humanity makes us susceptible to all the pain, struggles, fears and failures. Our Lord Jesus Christ is our only hope! He is our rock of refuge, our deliverer and our strong defense against any foe!


2.  WE HAVE COMPLETE REDEMPTION IN HIS FINISHED WORK.

          Consider the following verses:


“For in Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form, 10 and in Him you have been made complete, and He is the head over all rule and authority” (Colossians 2:9-10)


“But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption” (1 Corinthians 1:30)


“But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:37-39).


          Truly, Christ’s love is beyond all comprehension and we are kept secure and at peace in His love and protection!


3. WE ARE WARNED AGAINST PUTTING CONFIDENCE ON WORLDLY THINGS.

          All throughout the Scripture, we are exhorted to put our trust in the Lord, to depend on Him for His care and provision:


"Make sure that your character is free from the love of money, being content with what you have." Hebrews 13:5a


“Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world. The world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God lives forever” (1 John 2:15-17)


4. WE ARE ASSURED OF HIS UNCHANGING PROMISES.

          We have been called to “live by faith, not by sight.” And we also learn to “make it our goal to please him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it” (2 Corinthians 5:7, 9).

          It was said of Abraham: “Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised” (Romans 4:20-21).

          How is our walk of faith? Are we fully persuaded or are we lingering in unbelief?


5. WE ARE TO IMITATE CHRIST'S CONSISTENCY.

          In this letter, we find Christ as being the “Author and Finisher” of our faith (Hebrews 12:2).  Our Lord who had already walked the path that we’re currently treading. He is our constant companion and guide. He will strengthen us when we are weary, when the weight of burden seems so heavy upon us; and when the journey seems too long for us to endure. He has also given us people in our lives whom He uses to encourage us:


"Remember those who led you, who spoke the word of God to you; and considering the result of their conduct, imitate their faith." Hebrews 13:7


6. WE ARE ENCOURAGED TO BE STEADFAST IN THE TRUTH AND NOT TO FALL AWAY!

          The Hebrew writer was concerned for the spiritual lives of his readers. He reminded them:


"Do not be carried away by varied and strange teachings." (Hebrews 13:9)


          We are not far from the fulfillment of these words. In our time, we are at constant battle against false teachings as well as apostasy: (2 Timothy 4:3). The call for us therefore is to persevere in the truth and defend it from all that might try to disregard or dilute it!


7. WE HAVE FULL ASSURANCE OF ETERNAL BLESSEDNESS!

          Whatever we might face in this life, nothing should deter us from following Christ faithfully! All our troubles, the sorrows and the pains we experience, for as long as we keep Christ constantly before us, will make us all say with Paul:


“That is why I am suffering as I am. Yet I am not ashamed, because I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him for that day” (2 Timothy 1:12)


          If we truly believe that the Lord is our unchanging reality, we must resolve with all our hearts to remain at rest in Him who is always the same.  Keep on trusting until He fulfils every promise He made. Respond to Him in praise and gratitude for his abundant grace and faithfulness. May He constantly renew us each day according to His eternal love and unchanging Word!


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