Hebrews 13:8 - "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, and today, and forever."
Change isn’t always fun. In fact, sometimes change can be downright scary. When I was 8 years old, my family moved us across the country from Colorado to Wisconsin. I didn’t know what to expect; my friends, school, and whole life were back in Colorado. For the first time, I was in a classroom where I didn’t know everybody; in fact, I knew only a few people. I was so scared that for the first several days my mom had to give me a “pep talk” before we left for school in the morning!
Every day you face change. It could be something as small as a change in your plans for the day, or a canceled appointment, or an unexpected project you have to do. It could be something as large as moving and starting at a new school, living in a different part of the country, or starting a new life without a dear loved one. Whether small or large, these changes require adjustment, and that adjustment is not always fun. It takes time to get used to the new.
Here at Immanuel, we have some changes going on. We have a new pastor (Pastor Siemers), and new changes in our lives every day. And it would be easy to be scared.
But we know we are ruled, guarded, and guided by someone who doesn’t change. The writer to the Hebrews concludes his letter with much comfort and encouragement. One such comfort is this: “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever (Hebrews 13:8).” The Jesus who loved us enough to leave his heavenly home, shed his blood, and die to wash away our sins will guide us through all changes, big and small. And his love NEVER changes. He loved you enough to make you his own, and he loves you enough to guide you all the way through this changing world to his heavenly kingdom.
So the next time you think about the scary future and all the changes coming your way, remember the one who never will. And he guides and keeps you in the palm of his hand, never forgetting you in his love!
Prayer: Dear Jesus, we thank you for your unchanging love. You bought us, you keep us, and you guide us. Keep us always mindful of your love as we pass through changes in our lives and in our church, and lead us through the path of this life all the way to heaven with you. In your name we pray, Amen.
Pastor Paul Bowe