Hebrews 13:8 (NIV)
8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.
In our ever-changing world, families move, friendships drift, allegiances shift, and technology advances by quantum leaps. If we seek security in people, possessions, or positions, we’re doomed to be disappointed.
Yet we all need somewhere to turn during the storms of life. The one true anchor for our soul is Jesus Christ., who the Bible assures us will never change. To find comfort in Him, we must learn who He is, what He does, and how He works.
In this blog, I want to briefly hit on a few details about His life and character.
John 1:1 (NIV)
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
Frist, John 1:1 reveals that Jesus was Deity from the beginning. Jesus was there at the beginning of creation. Jesus is fully God and fully man. He was born of a virgin (Mary), lived 33 years on earth as a man, was crucified despite His innocence, and rose after three days from death to life.
Secondly, Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the Living God. We see this expressed in the following two verses found in the Bible:
John 14:6 (NIV)
6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
Matthew 16:16-17 (NIV)
16 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”
17 Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven.
Thirdly, God fulfilled countless prophesies in the Old Testament through sending His Son Jesus, to earth. A good example of a prophecy fulfilled can be found in Isaiah 53.
Isaiah 53 (NIV)
53 Who has believed our message
and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?
2 He grew up before him like a tender shoot,
and like a root out of dry ground.
He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him,
nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.
3 He was despised and rejected by mankind,
a man of suffering, and familiar with pain.
Like one from whom people hide their faces
he was despised, and we held him in low esteem.
4 Surely he took up our pain
and bore our suffering,
yet we considered him punished by God,
stricken by him, and afflicted.
5 But he was pierced for our transgressions,
he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was on him,
and by his wounds we are healed.
6 We all, like sheep, have gone astray,
each of us has turned to our own way;
and the Lord has laid on him
the iniquity of us all.
7 He was oppressed and afflicted,
yet he did not open his mouth;
he was led like a lamb to the slaughter,
and as a sheep before its shearers is silent,
so he did not open his mouth.
8 By oppression[a] and judgment he was taken away.
Yet who of his generation protested?
For he was cut off from the land of the living;
for the transgression of my people he was punished.
9 He was assigned a grave with the wicked,
and with the rich in his death,
though he had done no violence,
nor was any deceit in his mouth.
10 Yet it was the Lord’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer,
and though the Lord makes his life an offering for sin,
he will see his offspring and prolong his days,
and the will of the Lord will prosper in his hand.
11 After he has suffered,
he will see the light of life and be satisfied;
by his knowledge my righteous servant will justify many,
and he will bear their iniquities.
12 Therefore I will give him a portion among the great,
and he will divide the spoils with the strong,
because he poured out his life unto death,
and was numbered with the transgressors.
For he bore the sin of many,
and made intercession for the transgressors.
Fourth, like us, Jesus has feelings too. He wept for hurting people and felt angry when people misused the temple. He felt thirst when he was on the cross. We truly was fully human.
Finally, and most importantly, His resurrection defeated death, and He still lives today. Jesus lives on in the souls of every believer. By believing in Him, we accept the sacrifice that He made for our sins, and we receive the gift of eternal life.
God’s character never varies. Of course, as situations change, He acts accordingly. But the merciful, loving, compassionate, and holy Jesus we know from Scripture is the same Messiah that we cling to today.
Where do you turn in trying times? Difficult circumstances are inevitable. Prepare yourself for them by learning who Jesus is. He’s the only true shelter and rock that will not change. He is a wonderful Savior!