Thursday, July 31, 2008 - Jesus, Our Rock - Malachi 3:6
People sometimes say, “The only constant is change.” Fortunately, this isn’t true.
There’s One who never changes. Jesus Christ always remains the same. What a comfort for believers! But, it’s hard to find refuge in someone we don’t know well. So let’s explore the Lord’s actions to learn more about His nature.
Jesus forgave others. He showed mercy, not judgment, to those who recognized their sin. For example, Jesus had compassion on the woman caught in adultery. He stopped her death penalty with a few wise words. Then, instead of pronouncing condemnation, He said her sins were forgiven.
Jesus comforted the hurting. He visited Mary and Martha, who were mourning the loss of their brother Lazarus.
Jesus provided for needs. Mark chapter eight records Jesus spending three days healing all kinds of disabilities. Afterwards, He was concerned the large crowd hadn’t eaten. He could have sent all 4,000 away to find their own food. But Jesus provided more than enough to satisfy their hunger.
Jesus interceded for His disciples as recorded in John chapter 17. Just before He was crucified, Jesus asked the Father to protect and sanctify His followers, including you and me.
Jesus strengthened believers and gave them power to do God’s work. In Acts 1:8, the Lord sent His disciples out to share the gospel. He assured them, “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you.”
Jesus still forgives. He still comforts. He still provides He still intercedes. And, He still empowers. What a blessing that we can find refuge in our amazing Lord!
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