Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. - Hebrews 13:8
When I had just turned two years old, my parents gave me a train set for Christmas. It was a Marx set with an engine and five cars. That was in 1954. My grandfather was a semi-professional photographer and filmmaker and filmed some wonderful 16mm footage of that Christmas. Recently I took out that same Marx train, put it together, and let the Rausch children play with it. It was really quite amazing to watch that train go around the track just as it had 64 years earlier. I could not help but think, "Boy, they sure don't make things to last like that anymore! 64 years. That was a toy that was made to last."
We Christians have a message that is particularly well heard at this time of the year. It is a message that is nearly 2,000 years old: that God sent His only-begotten Son into this world to redeem this world by His own blood. John 3:16 was written over 1,900 years ago but it still rings just as true as when it was written:
For God so loved the world that he gave his only-begotten Son that whosoever believeth in him shall not perish but shall have everlasting life (KJV)
When one reads that you have to think, "Boy, they sure don't write things to last like that anymore! More than 1,900 years. That was a message that was made to last." The reason this message is so enduring is because the nature of mankind is still "falling short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23) AND because it is rooted in an unchanging Savior. He is, as it says in Hebrews 13:8, none other than Jesus Christ – the same yesterday and today and forever. So we have TWO seemingly unchangeable things:
- the fallen nature of mankind, and
- the redemptive work of an unchanging Savior.
Do you know Him?
Is your salvation rooted in and grounded in our unchanging Savior, Jesus Christ?
Even my near-mint condition 1954 Marx train set will likely someday be thrown out as trash for it is just a thing. But we have a message that can never be or will be destroyed…a message that was truly made to last.