JESUS CHRIST THE SAME(Pt. 2)

“Thou art the same, and Your years never come to an end”.(HEBREWS 1:12b NKJV)

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

Nothing should hold our attention like the record of the life of Jesus Christ. Even our modern history recognizes the uniqueness of His person by dividing time B.C. & A.D. We refer to the History of Mankind in terms of the world BEFORE Jesus Christ entered the world and the world AFTER He entered the earth realm. Try as we might, we cannot shake His irresistible presence. The world system as we know it today may not like that, but nevertheless they have to deal with it now (And for all eternity). This was God’s predetermined Plan from the Beginning. “You, LORD, in the beginning, laid the foundation of the earth, and the heavens are the work of Your hands. They will perish, but You remain; And they will grow old like a garment; like a cloak You will fold them up, and they will be changed. But You are the same, And Your years will not fail”(Hebrews 1:10-12 NKJV).

Along with the awareness of God’s unchanging nature we as believers should take hold of the reality of God’s faithful love and care for His people. Things around us are in a constant state of change. But let us never doubt that our heavenly Father wants to come to our assistance in our time of distress. The psalmist declared, “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear…. The LORD of hosts is with us; The God of Jacob is our refuge”(Ps. 46:1,11). God sent His Son, Jesus Christ, into the world to show the world what He is like. Jesus speaking to Phillip said, “He who has seen Me has seen the Father…The words that I speak to you I do not speak on My own authority; but the Father who dwells in Me does the works. Believe Me that I am in the Father and that the Father in Me, or else believe Me for the sake of the works themselves”(John 14:9b,10b-11 NKJV).

God STANDS in the Midst of our STORM

When the disciples, in Mark chapter four, were afraid because a sudden storm had come upon the waters, Jesus arose and calmed the storm. “He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, ‘Peace be still!’ And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. But He said to them, ‘Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?”(Mark 4:39-40 NKJV). Notice that Jesus addresses two situations: First, the storm that was outside or around the disciples. Second, He addresses the “storm” inside His disciples. The storm around them was only to reveal the storm inside their hearts, stealing their faith. Crises don’t make you…they reveal you.

Like our heavenly Father, Jesus wants us to trust Him under all appearances that would suggest that God has abandoned us to some helpless fate. No, be assured that He is the same today in the midst of life’s storms. We do not lose our trust in God bringing us through to our destiny in Him. He has promised never to leave us or forsake us. “Lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age”(Matthew 28:20 NKJV).

God SHOWS UP in the Midst of our PAIN

Both Matthew and Luke record a typical day in the life of the Lord Jesus (Luke 4, Matthew 8).  Crowds of people had followed Him with a variety of sicknesses, diseases, as well as those who were under demonic powers. Luke captures our Lord’s attitude towards every need along with His actions. “When the sun was setting, all those who had any that were sick with various diseases brought them to Him; and He laid hands on every one of them and healed them”(Luke 4:40 NKJV).

Jesus shows us that God’s attitude toward us in the midst of physical pains is one of compassion. Our personal suffering matters to Him! He is the Great Physician, accurately diagnosing our conditions and wanting to touch us right where we hurt. “In all our afflictions He was afflicted”(IS.63:9).

He is the same today as the One who came in Bible days.   “He was wounded for Our transgressions; bruised for Our iniquities; the chastisement that brought US peace was laid upon Him…By His Wounds we were healed”(Isaiah 53:4-5).

The key to our healing is bringing it to Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, today and forever.

Copyright(c) 2011, Walter Fletcher Jr., All rights are reserved.  This article may be copied free of charge provided that it is not altered in any way from it’s original content.  Send any correspondence to:Walterfletcherjr@gmail.com

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