Scripture Memory Meditation | Hebrews 13:8
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
Hebrews 13:8 (CSB)
Change – there are different reactions when we hear this word. Many are excited about new things at a workplace, but other coworkers will be dreading the outcome of those changes. When we have long-term relationships, any changes can make a huge difference. The weight of debt or the challenge of physical disease can make any of us uneasy to hear the word “change” mentioned. The Bible reassures us that we can count on Jesus Christ to be the same always!
Who is Jesus? Jesus is the second person of the being of God. He is the sinless Son of God yet Son of Man. He is our great High Priest. Hebrews 4 mentions that He sympathizes with our weaknesses because Jesus was tempted in every way like we as human beings are and yet did not sin. That means that when He met a Samaritan woman by the well, one that no Jewish man would think it would be right to talk to, Jesus asked her for help, conversed with her, and ultimately told her that He had living water. It does not matter who we are (even if it is someone’s mortal enemy). It does not matter what we have done (even marry and divorce five men and now live with another one). It does not matter what our status is in our community (coming to the well when no one would arrive). Jesus cares, knows, loves, and calls us to a life-giving relationship with Him. He tells us to find our satisfaction in God and worship Him wholly.
Jesus is still the Master of the seas that rage, rocking us in our boat. The disciples feared for their lives while He was sleeping. Jesus is still the one who will meet us at night when we are questioning the religious rules of our day. Nicodemus had pressing questions even though he did not feel as though he could ask Jesus in the day. Jesus is still the one who sees our hearts when we sit at His feet. Jesus is still the one who calls us out and invites Himself over to our house. Zaccheus was too short and too despicable even to consider trying to elbow his way to the front of the crowd to see Jesus pass by. Jesus is still the one who stops in the busyness to reassure us of His powerful healing touch. Even though the woman with the issue of blood was in a massive crowd of people, Jesus was headed to perform a miracle, and the disciples tried to brush away the touch. Jesus is still the one who forgives us though we are deserving of the consequences we are receiving. The second thief repented of his sin and asked Jesus to save him even while he was dying on the cross next to His. We can meditate on who Jesus is even though the weather, religious rules, family, politics, health, and consequences may change.
In Ephesians 5, Jesus Christ is called the Head of the church and the Savior of the body. He is our Messiah, the one sent from God to live on this earth as a perfect man, die on the cross for our sins, and raise from the dead three days later. In John 11:25, Jesus talks to Martha and says, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me, even if he dies, will live. Everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?” There is a beautiful reminder in this line of a song by Keith and Kristyn Getty, “Still, my soul be still, and do not fear, though winds of change may rage tomorrow.” We, as the church, still get shocked living in this world. As people around us get rocked by changes, point to Jesus. Show them the one whose perfect love casts out all fear. Tell them of our forgiving Savior and steady Rock. Point to God’s Word and the reassurance of God making all things new someday. Whatever uncertainty we are facing, Jesus is the same. Jesus is our good news!