He never changes
When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” “Well,” they replied, “some say John the Baptist, some say Elijah, and others say Jeremiah or one of the other prophets.” Then he asked them, “But who do you say I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” Jesus replied, “You are blessed, Simon son of John, because my Father in heaven has revealed this to you. You did not learn this from any human being. John 16:13-17
Change describes our world. There are massive, sweeping changes, especially in the last 150 years. To cope with these changes requires adjusting, and if you want to make any kind of significant dent, you should be willing to shift in style and to modify your approaches. Two very drastic changes are the population and speed. Sixty years ago, the world population was 2.7 billion. Now, population will reach 7.7 billion. In the 1920’s travel by train from California to New York was a three-day travel. Now, travel by plane is 5 hours and 30 minutes. Then there’s the technological advancements; changes in medicine, music, architecture and engineering, luxury items and personal conveniences, computers, clothing, and cars. Despite all these changes, God remains relevant. He is sovereign and in control of all these changes that are taking place and will never be caught by surprise. From the text, the Lord Jesus Christ had a conversation with His disciples about the people’s opinion on His identity. The disciples conveyed differing perceptions as to how the people viewed Jesus. Then He directed His question to His disciples; ““But who do you say I am?” The answer elicited a confession expressed by Peter; “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” There is possibly no greater statement in the whole of this Gospel; it is to this point that Jesus has been bringing the disciples, gradually opening their eyes to his messianic glory so that their mouths might be opened to confess Him as the anointed one of God. The public ministry of Jesus began with the Father’s acknowledgement ‘This is my beloved Son’ (Matthew 3:17), and on Jesus’ own authority we know that no one knows the Son except the Father (Matthew 11:27). But the disciples had come to know Him, too, and placed their trust in Him. Who is Jesus to you? In these times of constant changes, one thing that should provide us great encouragement is the knowledge that “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever” (Hebrews 13:8). Our faith is grounded in the eternity of our Lord and the unchangeableness of His being.
Noel De Guzman