On Faith: Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever
This past week I had the opportunity to spend a couple of days away, camping in the great outdoors. I thought how good it is to get to spend some time doing the same thing I did with my parents many years ago. I then thought that camping, at least in my experience, has not changed a lot.
We certainly have some marvelous inventions, but I still had to swat a few bugs and deal with the dust that was blowing on my food etc. … At least for me the more primitive the camping the more it is like I remember.
This all lead me to reflect on the changes in society I have witnessed in my life. I was born a baby boomer in the Modern Era, I have seen the arrival of Yuppies, and Generation X, I know a bit about the post-Modern Era and can even identify a Millennial – all of these changes have happened in my lifetime. We constantly see generations wrestle with new and difficult questions that seem to rise with the shifts in society and the fads that come into vogue. What may seem settled in one century often is re-visited several centuries later. A professor, years ago, used to say, “Confound the ancients they have stolen all our ideas” (Dr. Strauss, Lincoln Christian College, 1970).
Then as I read Hebrews 13.7-9, I had a bit of an epiphany.
7: Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God. Consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith.
8: Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.
9: Do not be led away by diverse and strange teachings. . . (ESV)
The author said the Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever – basically He is unchanging. Then I realized why; because, in spite of what we think is going on in society, men and women also are the same yesterday and today and forever. Jesus does not change because our needs do not change. At the end of the day we all still need the Savior.
In Him, Scott
Scott Middleton is a pastor at Craig Christian Church.