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September 28 – Changes And Constants

NOTE:  There will be no devotions next week as I will be out of town.  I will look forward to resuming them the week of Oct. 8!  Blessings!

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“And for fear of him the guards trembled and became like dead men.  But the angel said to the women, ‘Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here, for He has risen, as He said. Come, see the place where He lay.  Then go quickly and tell His disciples that He has risen from the dead, and behold, He is going before you to Galilee; there you will see Him. See, I have told you.'”  Matt. 28:4-7

Devotional Thought For The Day

The past twelve months have seemed full of change for me, most of it relatively small, but it has jolted me out of a fairly pleasant rut of habit and fulfilled expectations. Obviously, the arrest, conviction, execution, and death of Jesus effected a terribly traumatic change for the disciples of Jesus, including the women who at times accompanied the group and supported them financially.  However, there was no time for them to adjust to the death and burial of Jesus – even as they were beginning to look toward closure at the tomb of Jesus they were greeted by the awesome angel and the announcement of Jesus’ resurrection.  His resurrection was obviously a seismic change – and His disciples had to begin sorting out just how things had now changed for them.  Very little would be the same – although in regard to the most important and critical things nothing would change.

The angel reminded them of Jesus’ Word:  “He has risen as He said.”  The greatest proof of the resurrection was not the testimony of a glorious angel, nor empirical experience of the empty tomb where He had laid in death, but rather the very Word of Jesus.  This Word would remain with the disciples, and with all of Jesus’ disciples, until the end of time. This will never change; it will always be the same for us.  What God’s Word asserts, describes, promises, and commands is always the reality.  Second, the angel indicates Jesus’ ongoing and continuing concern for His disciples – though His ascension was coming soon, they were still His disciples and the mission He had trained them for was still on!  Third, the angel indicates Jesus’ interest in continuing His presence with His disciples – which Jesus would later confirm with the promise, “Lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” [Matt. 28:20]

Things change for us as well, and sometimes these changes are quite dramatic and unnerving, throwing us off balance.  We have to adjust and come to grips with new circumstances.  But just as with the disciples, the most important things do not change.  Our salvation remains sure and certain, guaranteed by Jesus’ suffering, death, and resurrection, and by His Word which describes the blessings He has secured for us.  We remain His dear children, His disciples, and His mission is still on – He wills all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. [1 Tim. 2:4]  He is still with us always, as He promised. So our lives remain exciting and promising no matter how circumstances change for us.  He is risen – and we are still following Him and gathering with Him for worship and for communion with Him in His supper.  His Word remains among us, blessing us, strengthening us, informing us, and effecting the reality of His good and gracious will among us.

The message of the angel, and of the Lord Himself, is clear and consistent even in the face of dramatic changes:  “Do not be afraid.”  This remains His good and gracious Word to us as well – throughout Holy Scripture.  We are His children, we are blessed, now and forever!

Prayer For The Day

Dear Lord Jesus, keep us mindful of the things that are truly important and critical to us, things that will never change – Your Word, Your love, Your promises, and Your guidance of us through this life and on to eternal glory in Your heavenly kingdom.  Grant us peace and fearlessness as we transition through the various changes of life.  Amen.