We live in a world that is constantly changing. People change. Relationships change. Morals change. Fashions change. Trends change. We constantly have to deal with change.
In the workplace we have been introduce to terms such as reengineering and downsizing. In education and health care we are constantly seeing changes as new academic and scientific studies are completed. We are seeing changes in the environment with global warming. The world around us is constantly changing and the changes grow more rapid with time.
We don’t have to look far for change. You probably don’t have to think real hard to realize a change that you had to deal with just this week. Every day our bodies are changing as each day we grow older.
Who can you depend on in a changing world? God’s Word says "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever." (Hebrews 13:8 NIV) In the midst of a constantly changing world, you can depend on Jesus. Jesus has not changed! Jesus will not change!
Jesus continues to speak the same message
God’s Word says "After John was put in prison, Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God. "The time has come," he said. "The kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the good news!"" (Mark 1:14-15 NIV)
Jesus came preaching good news. The people of Jesus’ day believed in two ages; the present age ruled by Satan and the future kingdom ruled by God. Jesus came telling them that the Kingdom of God was near. Jesus told His disciples that when He returned to glory that He would send the Holy Spirit to dwell within them.
Praise the Lord Beloved! We can live in this present age which belongs to Satan with a deposit of God’s kingdom deposited within us now. It’s our down payment of that which is to come. As we follow Christ, He deposits within us His Kingdom. Jesus deposits the Holy Spirit in His followers.
What a message! And the message has not changed. The kingdom of God is near. God’s Kingdom is coming, and we have a deposit of that Kingdom now on our journey from earth to glory as we follow Christ.
Beloved, Jesus has not changed. He continues to speak the same message!
Jesus continues to call
Continuing in the first chapter of Mark we read "As Jesus walked beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. "Come, follow me," Jesus said, "and I will make you fishers of men." At once they left their nets and followed him. When he had gone a little farther, he saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John in a boat, preparing their nets. Without delay he called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men and followed him." (Mark 1:16-20 NIV)
Jesus walked this earth calling people to follow Him. He is still calling people today. Notice with me that Jesus doesn’t call people to join a denomination. Jesus doesn’t call people to join a church. Jesus just simply calls people to follow Him. That’s all. Just drop the nets, get out of the boat and follow Jesus. As we keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, He will take us on a wonderful journey from earth to glory.
There are so many that have heard the call and decided to stay in the boat. They hang on to the nets, the things of this world, with a white knuckled intensity. Beloved, we can not hang on to the things of this world and follow Jesus at the same time. We must constantly evaluate what we are hanging onto because the world creeps into our lives in subtle ways. Those that get out of the boat, drop the nets and follow Jesus will live an exciting life on a wonderful journey from earth to glory!
Beloved, Jesus has not changed. He continues to call people to follow Him!
Jesus continues to set the captive free
Let’s read on in this powerful first chapter of Mark. "They went to Capernaum, and when the Sabbath came, Jesus went into the synagogue and began to teach. The people were amazed at his teaching, because he taught them as one who had authority, not as the teachers of the law. Just then a man in their synagogue who was possessed by an evil spirit cried out, "What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are--the Holy One of God!" "Be quiet!" said Jesus sternly. "Come out of him!" The evil spirit shook the man violently and came out of him with a shriek." (Mark 1:21-26 NIV)
Here we see Jesus setting the captive free. This man had been held in bondage by a controlling evil spirit. With just a Word, Jesus sets this captive free.
There are so many today that are held captive. Materialism holds people captive. Drug addiction holds people captive. Alcohol addiction holds people captive. Food addiction holds people captive. Sexual deviancy and perversion holds people captive. Pornography holds people captive. People are held captive by anger, jealousy, bitterness etc…. The good news is that Jesus continues to set the captive free. As we follow Jesus, He sets us free from what holds us captive. He fills us full of His Holy Spirit that empowers and enables us to walk in victory. God’s Word declares that if we walk in the Spirit, we will not gratify the desires of the flesh!
Beloved, Jesus has not changed. He continues to set the captive free!
Jesus continues to bring healing
We must read on in Mark Chapter one. "As soon as they left the synagogue, they went with James and John to the home of Simon and Andrew. Simon's mother-in-law was in bed with a fever, and they told Jesus about her. So he went to her, took her hand and helped her up. The fever left her and she began to wait on them." (Mark 1:29-31 NIV)
Here we see this woman that receives healing by coming in contact with Jesus. You see, Jesus is healing. God’s Word declares in Isaiah 53 that it is because of the stripes that Jesus took on His back that we receive our healing. Jesus did so much for us at the cross. Not only did He take the punishment for our sins, but He physically suffered for our healing.
I believe that Jesus still works miracles and brings His healing to people today. Whether it be an instantaneous miracle or a process through medical science, it is only God who heals. I believe in these last days we will see an increase in the miraculous as people place their faith in what Jesus did for them at the cross. As they come in contact with the suffering Christ, He imparts His healing to them.
Beloved, Jesus has not changed. He continues to bring healing!
Jesus continues to impact cities
We have to read just a bit further. "That evening after sunset the people brought to Jesus all the sick and demon-possessed. The whole town gathered at the door, and Jesus healed many who had various diseases. He also drove out many demons, but he would not let the demons speak because they knew who he was." (Mark 1:32-34 NIV)
Jesus came to this world to not only touch individuals, but to impact entire cities. What our cities need in our day is to be impacted by Jesus. Jesus has left us here and He has filled us with His Holy Spirit to continue His ministry. That is what Loving God Fellowship is all about. People around the world that are loving God and loving people; touching people at their point of need and impacting entire cities for Jesus in our day.
Beloved, Jesus has not changed. He continues to impact cities in our day!
As everything around you constantly changes, you can hold on to Jesus who never changes. There are never any surprises with Jesus. He stays the same yesterday, today and forever.
“Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Hebrews 12:2 NIV)
Keep your eyes fixed on Jesus!
Know that you are loved,