TODAY'S WORD FOR Friday, May 18, 2018:
Unchanged in character or condition.
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
Think for a moment how quickly things become out of date. Not much stays the same. Do you remember typewriters and carbon paper? Most young people today would have no idea what we are talking about. They know now all about computers and printers instead.
With advanced technology, every month or so, we have new cell phones, updated computers and major advances in the medical field. Everything that man makes will become old and out of date soon. Many things that mankind once thought to be true with his limited wisdom is now discovered to be false.
In the ancient world man thought the world was flat. It wasn’t until the sixth century B.C. that Greek astronomists established that the earth was round not flat. Yet even in Christopher Columbus’ day many still believed the earth was not round. Today we have pictures of the earth taken from space leaving no doubt the earth is round. Yes, with the passage of time some things do change.
The writer of Hebrews assures us that there is one person that never changes and will always be the same. That one person is Jesus. It is so assuring to know, as the writer has written in Hebrews 13:8 that Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever. Yesterday He created the world. Hebrews 1:10 reads that in the beginning Jesus laid the foundation of the world.
In Hebrews 10:12 we are reminded that today Jesus is sitting at the right hand of God, the Father in heaven. Tomorrow Jesus will still be the creator. He will still be sitting at the right hand of God and He will rule forever. Hebrews 1:8 tells us that He will rule forever. We live in a world that is constantly changing but Jesus will remain forever the same.
In his Bible Commentary, Matthew Henry stated, “Christ is the same in the Old Testament day as in the gospel day and will be so to His people forever, equally merciful, powerful, and all-sufficient. Yes, He still fills the hungry, encourages the trembling and welcomes repenting sinners. And the good news of the gospel will never change because Jesus is the heart of the gospel.
Our memory verse for this week is found in Philippians 4:6.
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.
Thank You Lord, that You are my Savior and that You never change. Thank You that you are the same yesterday, today and forever. Thank You for sitting now at the right hand of God, our Father, making intercession for me. I pray for my family and friends that they too might have this same assurance.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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