Over the last five weeks we have been talking about changes we have observed over the last few decades in what I call the Christian way of life. Of course that is an inclusive term that covers many things but particularly we have looked at the differences we see in our churches today as compared to yesteryear. That’s why the series has been titled “Then and Now”. We began the series with a preview and then covered four topics as they relate to the changes we’ve seen. We talked about changes in the messengers, the message, the members and the music. This evening we are going to finish the series with a look at the one thing that hasn’t changed; The Master. Our Lord. Our Savior. Jesus.
That famous passage in Hebrews chapter 13 and verse 8 really sums it up: “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever”. It doesn’t get any plainer than that. Jesus was in eternity past, He is today, and He will be forever. He is the second person of the trinity and has always been. He was God. He is God. And He always will be God. There has never been a time when He wasn’t. Even when He left His throne in Heaven and came to earth in the form of a baby, 100% man, He was still 100% God. Even when He wept at the death of Lazarus, He was God, Even when prayed in the garden, He was God. Even when He became sin for us and suffered His death on the cross He was still God. He was God when He arose. He was God when He ascended. And He is God the Son today sitting at the right hand of God the Father, ever interceding on our behalf and waiting on the Father to say “Go get your bride”. He will be God for all eternity future. He truly is the same yesterday, today and forever.
With all of this said, when the messengers refuse to preach the word, when the message is so diluted when presented that there is no power in it, when the members don’t make an effort to grow in their faith and when the music becomes so shallow and secular that it adds little to the worship experience, Jesus still remains the same. he is the one constant in our faith. To God be the glory, forever and ever, amen!