Staying Steadfast in Your Journey of Faith
Jesus Christ is the Same Yesterday, Today, and Forever
by Joanne Troppello
If you’ve been following my articles lately it may seem like I’ve been sharing a lot more of scripture than I have in past years. If you’ve thought that then you are correct. There was a part of me that thought this train of thought might be turning readers off since this isn’t what I’ve written about in the past. However, life is a journey and I truly believe that authenticity is important if a writer wants to fully engage with readers.
I wrote the following poem about life, memories, and how things are always changing. We are meant to go through seasons in life. That’s simply how life goes. However, one thing that remains is that Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
Yesterday, Today, and Forever
Images flit in and out of your consciousness,
memories of people and places from the past.
Vivid, then muddled, they sift through
your mind’s eye, a feast for thought.
A night breeze wafts passed your window,
tempting you to turn off the memories
but new pictures enter, captivating,
tantalizing your body’s five senses.
The breeze distracts the busy train
of thought, you listen, pushing the
memories aside, concentrating on the
way the wind blows through the screen.
Your soul petitions, God why do things
happen the way they do? Memories
were not always a part of the past.
They once had life in the present.
Time passes by as quickly as memories
flick through your consciousness.
Time passes by like a gust of air
in a midnight sky, constant shifting.
© Joanne Troppello
Digging Below the Surface
Knowing that Jesus is the same and doesn’t change brings peace to my life. He is my rock and strength that gets me through each day—especially as the world gets more surreal and crazier as the days go on.
Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” So we may boldly say: “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?” Remember those who rule over you, who have spoken the word of God to you, whose faith follow, considering the outcome of their conduct. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Do not be carried about with various and strange doctrines. For it is good that the heart be established by grace, not with foods which have not profited those who have been occupied with them. – Hebrews 13:5-9 (NKJV)
I don’t like to just focus on one verse and take it out of context. That happens often. I’ve been guilty of that in the past too. Lately I have been trying to read a verse in context to gain a deeper understanding of the message God wants me to understand. For example, with this verse 8 from chapter 13 of Hebrews, we read that Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever. However, the verse before and after urges us to ponder the conduct of leaders in the church who have been faithful to God, and not to be carried away by “various and strange doctrines”.
Those are two powerful truths that bookend verse 8. Yet, they bring me back to the truth that no matter what, my focus should be on Jesus. Leaders in the church (and in the world setting like in Government) will fail us, but Jesus never will fail. When our eyes are focused on Jesus, we will not easily be carried away by false doctrine.
The Journey of Faith
No matter what we are dealing with today, staying steadfast in our journey of faith is made easier when we look to Jesus, “the author and finisher of our faith”.
Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. – Hebrews 12:1-2 (NKJV)
With joy Jesus endured the cross because He knew God would be victorious over sin and death and we would be united in communion with the Father—if we would receive this gracious gift of salvation. I hope we all can think on this awesome gift daily as we grow and mature in our faith in the Lord.
About the Author
Joanne Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.
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