Hebrews 13:8,9 “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. So do not be attracted by strange, new ideas. Your strength comes from God’s grace, . . . “

     How far back does Jesus go?  And how great is His domain?  Who was He sent for and who does He save?  These are big questions with big answers that span both Old and New Testament.  If anything these questions point to a unifying theme in God’s Word and plan for humanity.

     Genesis  tells us; “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” (Genesis 1;1) The Gospel of John affirms; “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.” (John 1:1-3)
   
 God’s Word tells us Jesus was before all creation; “For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities– all things have been created through Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.” (Colossians 1:16,17)   Jesus is greater than gravity!

     Jesus has been fighting for humanity since before time; “And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ. . . ” (Revelation 12:7-10)  Jesus was there in the thick of battle:  “I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.” (Luke 10:18)  

     Jesus has been fighting for mankind since before the promised land; “And it came to pass, when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted his eyes and looked, and behold, a Man stood opposite him with His sword drawn in His hand. And Joshua went to Him and said to Him, ‘Are You for us or for our adversaries?’ So He said, .’No, but as Commander of the army of the Lord I have now come.’” (Joshua 5:13,14)   How do we know this ‘Man’ was Jesus?

      Matthew Henry identifies this Commander of the army of the Lord as none other than Jesus; “There appeared to him one as a man to be noticed. This Man was the Son of God, the eternal Word. Joshua gave him Divine honours: he received them, which a created angel would not have done, and he is called Jehovah, chap. 6:2. To Abraham he appeared as a traveller; to Joshua as a man of war. Christ will be to his people what their faith needs.”   Jesus doesn’t join history or fit into man-made schemes.  He makes history by meeting the needs of God’s people!

   Abraham was a man of faith as was Joshua as were many in a long line of saints walking with the Lord, redeemed and justified by the faith they had (Hebrews 11).  Through it all they caught sight of the grace of  Jesus in the distance and sometimes right up close; “These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off were assured of them, embraced them and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.” (Hebrews 11:13)

     Through history, through times and circumstances changing from Eden to the flood to the Patriarchs and then in  Egypt, out of Egypt, to the promised land, through judges, kings, prophets, Jesus in Person, the days of the early church till now and on to tomorrow –  God’s redemptive plan always turns on  grace, faith and Jesus.

     We can choose to see with eyes that divide and separate out by peoples and histories – and fail to see Jesus spanning it all.  Or we can see one humanity, one history and His Grace from the beginning to the end; “Does he who supplies the Spirit to you and works miracles among you do so by works of the law, or by hearing with faith — just as Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness? Know then that it is those of faith who are the sons of Abraham.  And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify  the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel beforehand to Abraham, saying, ‘In you shall all the nations be blessed.’ So then, those who are of faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith.” (Galatians 3:5-9)  Jesus never took anyone’s side but His Father’s and championed salvation for all and through it all.

   As long as there are people there will be prisoners, brokenness and bondage.  Everything changes yet nothing changes because Jesus was and is and will be.  Jesus spoke through all time to all saints and He speaks now.  His grace hasn’t changed because He never changes; “. . . from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood, and has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve his God and Father–to him be glory and power for ever and ever! Amen. Look, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him; and all the peoples of the earth will mourn because of him. So shall it be! Amen. ‘I am the Alpha and the Omega,’ says the Lord God, ‘who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.'”

     The whole witness of God’s Word through the entire Holy Bible is Jesus.  His’ mission since the beginning was to set us free: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed . . . ” (Luke 4:18)

     Come Lord Jesus!

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