The Contemporary Christ

by Stephen F. Olford

Text: "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever" (Hebrews 13:8, see verses 1-9).

Thoughts: Alvin Toffler, in his book Future Shock, tells us that we live in an age of "ad hocrasy." By this he means an age that is ever changing. With the hymn writer we have to say, Stephen Olford"Change and decay in all around I see." But amidst all this change, thank God, we have the changeless Christ with Whom to face the future!

1. Christ is always relevant. "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever" (v. 8). Of no one else in the universe can this be said. He is relevant to every age-He is "the Beginning and the End" (Rev. 1:8). He not only encompasses eternity, but spans all time. He is relevant to every race. The mosaic of humanity is totalized in Him. He was and is "the Word [Who] became flesh" (John 1:14). He is relevant to every need. While we live in a changing world, men and women everywhere still live, sin, and die! And only Jesus can meet these basic needs. "He is able to save to the uttermost" (Heb. 7:25).

2. Christ is always competent. "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever." In that name and title of our Lord we have the competency of the Son of Man. "Jesus"-Savior-was the name given to our Lord at birth (Matt. 1:21). In His title "Christ," we have the competency of the Son of God. He was anointed as Prophet, Priest, and King. He is the all-fulfilling Son of God. In His blessed Person He combines all that God is, and all that man needs. We may not know what the future holds, but we know WHO holds the future!

Thrust: O God, our help in ages past, Our hope for years to come, Our shelter from the stormy blast, And our eternal home! - Isaac Watts