He's Still the Same

Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,

There are so many things that are different at this time it is hard for me to wrap my mind around it all. They are different for me as a pastor. When someone goes to the hospital I can’t go in and pray with them before a surgery or to even check on them. If I do go to someone’s home, I stand at the door or sit on the porch to visit.

It’s also different as we gather for services. It is so great to have people gathering even if they are still distancing themselves. I know that wearing masks can be tough, but so thankful we have them to wear as needed. I’m sure that someday the masks will be a thing of the past and I will be glad for that day!

It is different for us at home. Many are still held up inside their homes waiting for the time when they will be comfortable in getting out. Others get out some, but are struggling with how they will take care of the business at hand. Of course, the kids are not sure exactly what is going on and how to deal with it.

It is different for us at work. People are distanced from their fellow employees and trying to get everything done. Others are now working from home working by phone or internet. It makes it tough just trying to do all that is needed without being able to reach out to those you are doing business with.

Okay, you know all of that because you are also one that is experiencing these times. Things are just not the same as they were at Christmas or as we rang in the New Year. Our situation is different as well as our lives. What was, is no more.

But that’s not totally true. You see, one thing has never changed and will never change. That one thing is Jesus. Hebrews 13:8 simply says – “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today, yes and forever.” I know we have heard it time and again, but for some reason we seem to forget.

The love that brought Jesus to this earth to be born of a virgin is the love that He extends to us today. The same desire that He had for those disciples whom He called to walk with Him is the same desire He has for us. The same grace that He extended to Peter is the same grace He extends to us today.

The same submission to the Father He prayed in the garden is the same submission He calls for us to have today. The same strength He exhibited on the cross is the strength He desires for us. The same call He gave to the disciples is the same call He gives to us.

Jesus told the disciples – “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” (Matt. 4:19). It doesn’t sound like such a big deal just to ‘follow Him’ but it requires us to remember that even in a time when things are so messed up, He wants us to simply follow Him.

Yes, things are different all around this world. From China to Washington DC to London to New York City to Los Angeles to Seattle to Pampa our world has been turned upside down. People all around are saying that they just want things to get back to ‘normal’.

While our ‘new’ normal may not look anything like what was, we will find that we will adapt to what is and move forward. I believe that one thing we can count on is that -- “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today, yes and forever.”

So when you feel overwhelmed and wonder what your next step is going to be, just trust in Jesus and hold to Him. He is THE Son of God, Savior of the world, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. And yes, He is Jehovah-Rapha – the Lord our Healer (Ex. 15:26). After all, He is the One that is still the same. So you see --

JESUS, JESUS, JESUS, there IS something about that name!!

Christ only, always,

Bro. Paul