August 30

Hebrews 13:8,15-16

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” vs. 8

The writer of the book of Hebrews knew the history of his people as far back as the scriptures recorded it. He was familiar with the stories of the matriarchs and patriarchs and believed that the many examples of their faithfulness could both inspire and console. But the most important truth he passed on was his insight regarding the continuous and constant presence of the Christ. The Christ hadn’t just shown up when Jesus was born–the Christ had been in the world from the very beginning, from the moment of the first light, and the Christ would be around until the glorious end, the time of the great completion. That’s a powerful and comforting message, one that we too often forget in the course of our all-too-short lives. From our perspective things are constantly changing and the ever-evolving crises that preoccupy the media can easily erode our hope for any kind of lasting tranquility. Some days we can even begin to doubt that our grandchildren have any prospects for good and fruitful lives–we can’t imagine the challenges they’re going to be facing. It’s in those moments that people of faith have learned to rally around Jesus Christ, the one source of stability and hope that is the same yesterday and today and forever. Our grandchildren will do just fine…Christ dwells in them and will shine through them even if they abandon religion!

Thought for the Day: What will the world be like for our grandchildren?

 

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