Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever — Hebrews 13:8
I would like to borrow a moment of your time to take a look at this simple yet profound verse of Scripture. Our times have tried to make Christ fit into a politically correct narrative of modern culture. Each religious entity trying to make him fit or leave Him out of the narrative that works for them to draw a crowd and be successful. To some He is a religious icon that is weak on everything but love and mercy. To others He is a hard demanding deity that is strong on everything but mercy and love. The truth gives little allegiance to either of these viewpoints. I believe we must go back to the Bible to get a proper view of Jesus.
Our Scripture text gives us three viewpoints of Jesus Christ-past, present, and future. The verdict of Scripture is that He is the same!! What He was in times past, He is today, and He will be tomorrow. My favorite portrait of Christ comes from St. John 1:14a&b, “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us”. Jesus Christ is a historical fact! Even the doubting skeptic must give credence to the historical fact of Jesus. The b part of that verse is that He is “full of grace and truth”. He came that God’s law and God’s grace might be reconciled together. God’s law is too holy for man to keep by his own merits and ability. God’s grace is too awesome and powerful for man not to strive to live pleasing to God. Love brings God’s unmerited favor (grace) to undeserving men that we might be changed by salvation (faith in the atonement of Christ death on the cross). Salvation transforms us to becoming disciples (followers of Christ’s teaching and practice). Disciples of Christ love the principles and doctrines of Christ because they love Him supremely. Christ never hid the cross from His followers. We need less people attempting to interpret who He is and more people who will fall in love with Him and believe the Biblical account of Jesus Christ.