Dear Tabernacle Family,
”Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever.” Hebrews 13:8
Because our world is in constant change, it is difficult for us to comprehend the unchanging nature of the LORD God. Our moods, dispositions, situations and circumstances are constantly in flux. Time and the passing of it brings about great change, yet God never changes. Time doesn’t alter His heart toward His people nor His compassion for the lost. He never grows weary. His patience is never exhausted. His hands never tire of reaching toward each of us.
Jesus, the Christ of Yesterday! There have been some wonderful yesterdays in each of our lives: the birth of children, schooldays, graduation, marriage, careers, friends; spiritual times of great joy, salvation, baptism, healing and renewal. So too, we have faced our share of difficult days: sickness, death and opened graves, family problems, divorce and adversity. Only the grace of God can enable you to make peace with your past. Jesus is the Christ of Yesterday.
Jesus Christ is also the same Today! In one sense, today is the only day we really have. Tomorrow is a myth. Tomorrow is the day to which we put off those things we should do today. Because of our procrastination tomorrow is the day that never comes. To the contrary, the Psalmist declares, “This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it” (Ps. 118:24). We rejoice over the fact that the God who never changes is with us, and anything He has ever done at any time, He can do today! He is the All-Sufficient Changeless One!
Jesus Christ, the same Yesterday, and Today, and Forever! We’re all fascinated with the future because that is where we will live the rest of our lives. While we might dream of what is to come, we are never to worry or fear a future day. The same God Who has walked with us though our past, and Who is with us in the present hour, this same, Changeless-Christ will never leave us nor forsake us throughout all eternity.
Yes, our lives are uncertain, but we can close this final week of 2018 and open a brand-New Year confident that our Yesterday’s are forgiven, our Today’s have meaning, and our Forever is secure in the hands of Jesus Christ.
Pastor Jim Ruddy