God’s Unchangeableness.

Wednesday 4th November 2020.

THEME:-
REST IN THE UNCHANGEABLENESS OF JESUS,RADIATE THE JOY IN A WORLD FILLED WITH TRIALS.

TEXTS:-Heb 13:8,1:9;Jeremiah 29:11.
“Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.”
‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭13:8‬ ‭KJV‬‬
https://www.bible.com/1/heb.13.8.kjv

God . . . has set you above your companions by anointing you with the oil of joy. Hebrews 1:9

“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.”
‭‭Jeremiah‬ ‭29:11‬ ‭KJV‬‬
https://www.bible.com/1/jer.29.11.kjv

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, and today, and forever. The Lord Jesus Christ is unchangeable –
I. IN HIS PERSON. “Our Lord’s Godhead is the seat of his personality. The Son of Mary is not a distinct human person mysteriously linked with the Divine nature of the eternal Word. The Person of the Son of Mary is Divine and eternal. It is none other than the Person of the Word.” This personality is immutable. This has been already asserted by the writer of this Epistle: “Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth,” etc. (Hebrews 1:10-12). He is “the same yesterday, and today, and forever” in his great attributes – his eternity, spirituality, omniscience, omnipotence, etc. He is the same in his perfect and blessed character – in his righteousness and faithfulness, his love and mercy, his forbearance and tenderness, etc. In this respect how vast is the difference between him and us! We are ever changing in many respects. Our outward appearances, the particles of which our bodies are composed, the opinions which we entertain, the experiences which we pass through, the characters which we are forming, – all these change. But he is sublimely unchangeable, eternally and infinitely perfect.
II. IN HIS WORD. The teaching of our Lord, like his personality, continues and changes not. His words are true, vital, suited to the conditions and needs of human nature and life. More than eighteen centuries have passed away since they were uttered; but they have lost none of their clearness, or freshness, or force. They are still the great fountains of religious light to our race. And the noblest human spirits still say to him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? Thou hast the words of eternal life.” It has been well said by Dr. Parker, “Plato’s definitions are practically forgotten, but the Nazarene’s words intermingle with universal civilization. A great composer said he was spending a long time over his work because he intended it to live long, but this Galilean peasant talks extemporaneously, as if simply answering the question of the hour; yet his words float over all generations, and are prized by men today as if they had been addressed exclusively to themselves. These ‘sayings’ are not local lamps, but suns set in the firmament commanding the range of all nations…. In Christ’s ‘sayings’ there was always something beyond – a quickening sense that the words were but the surface of the thought; there was nothing to betoken conclusion, much less exhaustion; there was ever a luminous opening even on the clouds that lay deepest along the horizon, which invited the spectator to advance and behold yet fuller visions” (‘Eece Deus’). How different is the teaching Of Jesus Christ from the changing opinions, speculations, and theories of men – even of distinguished men! Of every province of human thought and investigation we may truthfully say –
“Our little systems have their day;
They have their day, and cease to be.” But Jesus said, “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.” “The Word of God liveth and abideth The Word of the Lord abideth forever.”
III. IN HIS WORK. Part of his great work was perfectly and splendidly accomplished while he was upon earth. The work which was given him to do upon earth, says Dr. Wardlaw, “was the expiation of human guilt, and the provision of a righteousness for the justification of the ungodly; the laying of the groundwork of man’s redemption – the foundation on which might rest together the glory of God and the hopes of sinners. But his mediatorial work did not cease then. It does not properly terminate till ‘the end come,’ when he shall have accomplished all the ends for which his office as Mediator had been assumed.”
“He who for man their Surety stood,
And poured on earth his precious blood,
Pursues in heaven his mighty plan;
The Savior and the Friend of man

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 NIV
We’re not going to pad this, so get ready. Ready now? When the prophet Jeremiah wrote about God’s prosperous and hopeful plans, he was not talking to you. Before you go destroying Pinterest boards, coffee mugs, and Instagram quotes, wait a minute. God still said it, and it made it in the Bible, so let’s find out why and what it means to us today.
From reading further in the chapter we discover a few things. God was talking through Jeremiah to Jewish exiles in Babylon. We also read that God caused them to be taken captive there. Why? If we look further into Jeremiah and the Old Testament, we learn they had blatantly rebelled against God. We also read in Jeremiah 29:1-10 that they’re to settle down in Babylon because they’re going to be there a while—70 years, to be exact. On top of this pile of context, God said the famously twisted words of verse 11.
What can we take away today? We can look at the story as a whole and extract godly principles. Rebellion against God has consequences, but He can still redeem us. God’s redemption isn’t always fast. Sometimes it’s years before we fully realize His promises. God speaks to His people. God’s story isn’t about His people; it’s about Him.
Today, we Christians can understand the hope promised in this verse is given to us through Jesus. If we can endure this world filled with trials (John 16:33), our hopeful future is our eternal reward in heaven with Christ! If we quote verse 11 by itself, life looks easy and God exists for us. If we untwist it and read it in context, God looks good and we’re here for Him.
Consider: Which version of Jeremiah 29:11 have you lived by? How has your faith been impacted?
Constant Look Unto The The Smiling Jesus
God . . . has set you above your companions by anointing you with the oil of joy. Hebrews 1:9
If you were to play the part of Jesus in a movie, how would you approach the role? That was the challenge faced by Bruce Marchiano, who played Jesus in the 1993 Visual Bible movie Matthew. Knowing that millions of viewers would draw conclusions about Jesus based on his work, the weight of getting Christ “right” felt overwhelming. He fell to his knees in prayer and begged Jesus for—well, for Jesus.
Bruce gained insight from the first chapter of Hebrews, where the writer tells us how God the Father set the Son apart by anointing Him “with the oil of joy” (1:9). This kind of joy is one of celebration—a gladness of connection to the Father expressed wholeheartedly. Such joy ruled in Jesus’ heart throughout His life. As Hebrews 12:2 describes it, “For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
Taking his cue from this scriptural expression, Bruce offered a uniquely joy-filled portrayal of his Savior. As a result, he became known as “the smiling Jesus.” We too can dare to fall to our knees and “beg Jesus for Jesus.” May He so fill us with His character that people around us see the expression of His love in us!
What are your perceptions of Jesus and how might they need to change? How can you represent Him as you show His heart to the world?

PRAY:-
Sovereign God,You do not change. You are the same mighty, powerful, loving, and merciful God You have always been. Please help me to find hope and rest in the fact that You do not change.
May Your heart be what others see in us today. May we radiate Your joy in all we say and do.Let Your plan of peace manifest in us in Jesus Name

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