2 Introduction-1This letter was written to encourage the Hebrew Christians who were suffering persecution and were near turning back to JudaismIt sets forth the greatness of JesusIt shows His superiority to Moses amd the superiority of His covenant to the law of given by MosesOne statement that shows Christ’s greatness is found in v. 8- Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever.
3 Introduction-2To say that we live in a changing world is an understatementWe can identify changes that are good and those that are badNot only is technology and communication changing, but the morality of people is changing as wellThings that were recognized as evil by many religious people now are embraced by the same religious groupsBut the Hebrew writer assures us that Jesus has not changed in the past and He will not change in the future
4 Reasons Why Jesus Is Unchangeable-1 He is Deity and eternalGod told His people who had returned from captivity, “For I am the LORD, I do not change: therefore you are not consumed, O sons of Jacob.”- Mal. 3:3Paul said, “For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily”.- Col. 2:9Many who claim to be Christians today do not believe the truth that the Hebrew writer states here
5 Reasons Why Christ Is Unchangeable-2 He is perfectHe is sinless and without any flaw- I Pet. 2:22Therefore, He has no need to changeAny change in Christ would take away from His perfectionOur salvation depends on His being unchangeableIf He changed the terms of forgiveness or decided not to keep His promises, we would be confused now and lost in eternityLet us notice some ways in which Jesus is unchangeable
6 His Attitude toward Sin-1 Jesus has the same attitude toward sin as the FatherThey both hate sin- Prov. 6:16Reasons for hating sinIt corrupts the character of the sinnerMakes the sinner less like God and more like the Devil- Jn. 8:44It causes sorrow and suffering for the sinner and those around him/her
7 His Attitude toward Sin-2 3. Because it separates the sinner from God in time and eternity Rom. 6:23Jesus healed a man who had been crippled for 38 years and later told him, “See, you have been made well. Sin no more lest a worse thing come upon you.”- Jn. 5:14No matter how popular a sin may become, Jesus’ hatred of sin will not changeThose who love Him will also hate of sin- Psa. 97:10
8 His Desire to Save Sinners-1 Jesus said, “For the Son of man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.”- Lk. 19:10Paul said, “This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief.”- I Tim. 1:15The self-righteous Pharisees criticized Jesus for eating with tax collectors and sinners- Mt. 9:11Jesus gave His life for every sinner when He died on the cross- Heb. 2:9
9 His Desire to Save Sinners-2 Even while Jesus was dying on the cross, He promised paradise to the penitent thief- Lk. 23:43His last words to His disciples after His resurrection were, “Go, into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; he who does not believe will be condemned.”- Mk. 16:15-16Jesus expects His disciples to share His desire to save those who are lost in sin today- Acts 8:4
10 His Love for His Disciples-1 Jesus’ disciples are those who follow His example and keep His commandments- Jn. 14:15Christians who comprise His church for which He died- Eph 5:25Jesus compared Himself to a good shepherd who lays down His life for the sheep- Jn. 10:11After Jesus’ resurrection, His instruction to Simon Peter was, “Feed My sheep.”- Jn. 21:17Jesus claims His disciples as His family- Mt. 12:49-50
11 His Love for His Disciples-2 He is our High priest who sympathizes with us in our troubles, our trials and our sorrows- Heb. 4:15He will continue to make intercession for His disciples- Heb. 7:25We must be unchangeable in following HimWe must Love His church and other Christians who comprise it- Jn. 13:34-35He will give a crown of life to those who love Him- Jas. 1:15
12 His Conditions of Discipleship Faith in Him as the Son of God- Mk. 16:16Repentance of past sins- Acts 17:30Confession of one’s faith in Christ- Rom. 10:10Baptism for the remission of sins- Acts 2:38Continued faithfulness- Gal. 6:9Are you following Jesus’ this morning?