Summary: This is a sermon tailored to a group of soliders, sailors, airmen and marines deployed to Afghanistan. Jesus doesn’t change and we can count on that fact no matter where we are or what we are doing.
24 Apr 2008
Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16
Luke 14:1, 7-14
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. (Hebrews 13:8, ESV)
Jesus Christ: The Same Yesterday, Today, and Forever
Throughout history, mankind has depended upon great people for guidance, leadership, hope, and direction. Think about a time in the past, in any country or kingdom, and you can name many individuals who stepped out from among the masses leading their people to victory over oppression, who have guided their kingdoms through famine or disease, or who guided their people through necessary changes in order to maintain their nation’s strength.
Think of General George Washington, who during the Revolution, took a mixed group of people from many different backgrounds, stations in life, and positions in society (most with no military experience) and turned them into a formidable and unified force and freed the young nation of America from British rule.
Think of the many different Kings, Queens, and religious leaders of the renaissance period in Europe who had to come together to take care of millions of survivors of the Black plague that wiped out one out of every three people from all walks of life.
You can spend hours reading the history of hundreds of world leaders in politics, science, and medicine who have guided their nations.
Today, we’re surrounded by history in the making. We can see this first-hand as we look across at our friends in the Afghan National Army. They struggle with changes in ideology as we struggle with how to help them and their fellow Afghan citizens. They have a relatively new country with a history of change. Just like this country, the world is a changing place.
Throughout history, there are few things that stay consistent. It’s often said that the only things you can actually depend on are death and taxes. But, there is one other consistent thing in this inconsistent world: Jesus and the promises he gave us.
A moment ago, we read through one of the many prophecies listed in the book of Isaiah. This vision from the past talked about the coming of John the Baptist, far before he ever came upon the scene in the Jordan River. This predicted that the one crying in the wilderness would pave the way for the one to come. It predicted the coming of Jesus in long before his ministry began. It predicted a time long-gone as yesterday. The message of the Bible was shown to be truthful with this, and many other passages, that revealed the savior was to come.
But, Jesus didn’t just come on the scene after John prepared the way. He was around from the very beginning. Although he was born as a man, he was God before the world was created. He was God before time existed. As the passage indicated, the word of God will stand forever, and so it has.
Paul wrote in his letter to the Colossians, “For by Him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. (Colossians 1:16-17, ESV)