Jesus Christ is the same – yesterday, today, and forever
April 13, 2009
Pastor Bill Baldwin, Prairie Community Church UCC, Lester Prairie
Hebrews 13:8 says that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Do you believe it?

It would seem to me that if Jesus Christ was Lord 2,000 years ago as he rose from the dead, he must still be Lord today. The question I have is why do so many people today not believe it and act according to this timeless truth?

A recent poll showed that belief in God in America has sunk to an all-time low. It also reports that most Christian denominations are in serious decline.

Many churches have gotten away from teaching the basic Biblical gospel laid out in John 3:16 that says “God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in him will not perish, but will have eternal life.” We have also gotten away from the truth proclaimed in Romans 10:9, “If you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”

If these teachings were ever true, could this truth have changed? I don’t think so.

Baseball spring training has just ended and the real season is just beginning. The players have spent a couple of months drilling on the basics of the game to keep themselves sharp and to be able to react to anything that comes up in a game. The basics of the game of baseball will never change and the top players know that being excellent in the foundational aspects of the game will mean the difference between winning and losing.

I mention this because we, as Christians, need to get back to drilling on the basics of the faith: Jesus Christ is Lord. God raised him from the dead. By faith we are saved. We must repent and believe.

Is there any connection between the decline in Christian belief and the rise in violent crime in our society? Is there any connection between the decline in belief and practice, and the dramatic rise in problems in our young people? We each can draw our own conclusions to these questions, but I, for one, believe that there is a direct correlation.

I believe that it makes a difference if we get out of bed on a Sunday morning and go to church. I believe it makes all the difference in the world if children have Sunday church as much a part of their weekly routine as going to school. Faith must be followed by action, and the most obvious action for a Christian believer is to get yourself to a local church and allow yourself to be fed by good solid teaching.

Ah, but there’s the catch. How many churches are offering good, solid Christian teaching these days? It seems that too many churches are caught up in wrestling with controversial issues that divide people, rather than uniting around the basic truths that transform lives.

I pray that all of us who are still part of the Christian faith will get back to drilling on the basics, get back to sending out our rescue boats to those whose lives are hurting and struggling.

Every soul on earth needs Jesus Christ. If not us, then who is going to gather in all the lost souls that God so dearly wants us to love?

Grace and peace be unto you today and always. Amen.