Jesus in the Future

Jesus in the Future

By Erin Bird

Back to the Future

Let’s get back to our series called The Same. To jog your memory, we are looking at Hebrews 13:8 which teaches us that Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Since we’ve already looked at “yesterday” and “today“, let’s wrap things up this week by looking at “Jesus in the Future.”

When I think of the “future,” I tend to think of a time far away. Maybe I’ve watched way too many sci-fi films, but I think of “futuristic” things like flying cars, or what the world will be like for my great grandchildren. In other words, I think about days I will never see.

But in the Scripture, the “future” isn’t always seen as “some distant day you will never experience.” The future is often viewed as being much closer.

Take 1 Thessalonians 4:16–18. This is a fairly famous set of verses about the second coming of Jesus. Many people tend to think about the return of Christ as coming in years, decades, or even centuries from now. Yet Paul doesn’t talk about Christ’s return as if it will happen in two-thousand years. Rather, he talks as if it could happen at any point in the future – even his future.

Seeing Paul’s viewpoint helps me see that the future isn’t about far-off days. The future includes tomorrow– a day I will most likely see. And what is so encouraging to me about this is that Jesus will be the same reliable Messiah tomorrow as He is to me today!

I think this is why Jesus tells us to not worry about tomorrow (Matthew 6:34). If I can trust Him with today, I can trust Him with your tomorrow, as well as trust Him with my eternity.

So if you are a Jesus-follower, you can face whatever comes tomorrow, because Christ will be with you. You can trust Him with your next month, because He will still be the same. And you can trust Him with the very end of your life, because He will keep you for eternity.

The Present Jesus

The Present Jesus

By Erin Bird

We are continuing our little series from Hebrews 13:8 entitled The Same. Hebrews 13:8 says:

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

Last week, we saw that Jesus is the same yesterday. So this week, as we continue the chronological progression, we’ll see Jesus is the same in the present.

The Same Comfort for Today
In the first week, I shared how I prefer “new” things and not routine. Yet, if I’m honest, some routines or consistencies are comforting. For instance, I find it reassuring the sun comes up each morning. I’m thankful air is consistently available to breathe. And I like having pizza every Friday night (just don’t serve me the exact same pizza every Friday!). There can be great comfort in knowing something is the same today as it was last week.

That’s what the author of Hebrews wants us to realize: the consistency of Jesus should bring us comfort and inspiration. You don’t have to wake up each day wondering what mood God is going to be in. His love, mercy, justice and character are the same each and every day… including today.

Today’s Comfort Comes From Yesterday’s Faithfulness
But there is something else I want you to see. In the verse just before our key verse for this series, the author says,

“Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God. Consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith.” (Hebrews 13:7)

Have you ever respected someone so much you wanted to be like them? Maybe it was a parent, a teacher, a famous athlete, or a mentor. You looked at them, their demeanor, their character, their accomplishments, and you found yourself wanting to imitate them.

The reason you respected them so much is because you saw their consistency. By seeing how they behaved “yesterday,” you had an idea of what you needed to do “today.”

The author of Hebrews encourages his readers to do something similar, to look at their spiritual leaders, the ones who taught them the Gospel, and to “imitate their faith” by remembering how they behaved “yesterday,” so the reader might know how to behave today.

man & woman looking at a crossBut then the author takes it a step further. He doesn’t just point to the spiritual leaders, he points to Jesus, the most consistent of all. You can look at Jesus’ sacrifice through the cross “yesterday” and let it inspire you to “live like Jesus lived” today.

So let me encourage you to allow the knowledge of Jesus’ presence in the present to comfort you, but let His selfless actions through the cross of “yesterday” inspire you to live selflessly today.

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