Greetings to you all in the precious name of Jesus!
Hebrews 13:18 says that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
He is the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the high priest, the Messiah, the King of all Kings, the bright and morning star... He is JESUS! The man who concurred the grave!
Hebrews tells me that He never changes. Jesus is the same Lord yesterday, today, and forever. No matter what the culture, the style, the language, or the people, Jesus is still the same Lord who died for the sins of the world so that we may have eternal life. He is the same Lord that will be in the service today as the Lord that was in the room with the students that prayed for a revival that has changed our Pentecostal movement.
I am encouraged today that no matter what I do, Jesus is still Lord. No matter where I go, Jesus is still Lord. No matter what I say, Jesus is still Lord. And no matter what the outside influences say, Jesus is still Lord. The Holy Ghost that came down on the people in the upper room is still the same spirit that lives within you and I. The same name that you take on during baptism is the same name that the apostles took on. The same healing that the woman with the issue of blood received is the same healing that many others today have received. The same Jesus that spoke to the scholars as a young boy is the same Jesus that preached the message of salvation.
Being here God has taught me a lot and the one thing that has changed my life the most is this....
No matter where you are... Jesus... is still the same Lord. His ways are still the same and his Word is still forever true. I never want to get to the place where I believe that Jesus changes because of me or the location that I am at. I never want to stop being excited to learn about Jesus.
The story of the cross should bring us back to the day of repentance when we for the first time saw who we truly were. The day we looked into a mirror and saw a sinner who needed a savior to save us from a life of unfathomable pain and suffering. But in that time of remembrance we should find a thankful heart that knows that He rose again and there He waits on the right hand of the throne of God to see his bridegroom cometh... spotless and rejoicing. Jesus does not change because of us or where we are. Jesus is constant the one who took it all for us and no matter where you are that will always stay true.
Hebrews 12:2 says "Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God."
Today should be a day of true gratefulness that Jesus never changes and the story of the cross will forever be true. I hope all of you are blessed on this beautiful day and that you are as encouraged as I am that Jesus is the only savior that can give us a life of joy and complete happiness no matter what the darkness brings or where we are in a geographical location. He loved us when we were unlovable so I encourage you to give that love back. We all know how to love but I think we often don't believe it is true so we don't. Christ's love is true and never changes. Don't you believe he deserves to receive love back?
Lord bless you all and your families! I will see you all very soon and send my love as well as hugs to those in which it is appropriate.
Growing in Christ,