Saturday Sermon: Yesterday, today and forever
By Mike Gresham
""Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever."
- Hebrews 13:8
Undoubtedly, your world is changing rapidly. To even suggest a few years ago that you might watch your favorite movie on your telephone would have sounded like gibberish; today, it's ordinary. A friend told me yesterday about the tractor he is driving. He sits in the cab, tells the GPS to take the tractor from point A to point B, and it plows a furrow guaranteed to not be more than an inch off line from start to finish.
This all raises a question. If everything is in a state of change, is there anything upon which we can rely to remain constant? Suddenly, the sound of Hebrews 13:8 re-sounds. "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever."
Think of it this way. People change, but Jesus is forever. Presidents change. Our bosses are promoted, demoted or simply moved out. Sports heroes become free agents. And the really key people in our lives change. Those I call friends today are people who I did not even know 10 years ago. Even our family members change. I heard a lady speak about her former brother-in-law. I had to question what made him "former." Jesus, though, never changes. As I trusted him before, I can continue to trust in him now.
Situations change, but Jesus is forever. Our jobs change; we move from house to house; our children change schools and even graduate. Even our churches are different than they were just a few years ago. I get in my car and push a button to start it, never even taking the keys from my pocket. There are times when we think of it as inviting to return to the good old days when things were more familiar. But situations change, and we cannot back them up. Jesus, though, never changes. As I trusted in him before, I can continue to trust in him now.
We change, but Jesus is forever. I found myself in a group of my peers recently. As I looked, I thought to myself, "These guys are really old." Then I realized that they were my age. I forget how much I have changed through the years. Maybe none of us want to admit it, but we have changed. Jesus, though, never changes. As I trusted in him before, I can continue to trust in him now.
While change is inevitable, there is no change in life that Jesus has not anticipated. He knows what is in front of us and wants to help us through it. We can trust in him that he will prove himself faithful, no matter what changes we face.
I encourage you to worship with a local church family on Sunday.
Mike Gresham is the pastor of First Baptist Church in Port Lavaca.