A Firm Foundation, Part 2

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Yesterday I talked about Jesus being our firm foundation, but I didn’t really talk about what that means. What does it mean to be firm? I think we all have an idea, but looking at the definition made me realize, that’s exactly what Jesus is. The definition for firm is “securely or solidly fixed in place”. Knowing from Hebrews that “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever” (13:8, NASB), I think firm is exactly the right word to use.

But there is more to being firm, the way Jesus is, than simply being able to stay the same. It also requires that He is able to last forever. If we turn to Isaiah 40:8 we read these words, “The grass withers and the flowers fade, but the word of our God stands forever” (NLT). This is a great statement for the power of Scripture, because this says that it will last forever, but how does this apply to Jesus? In John’s Gospel he writes, “And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory…” (John 1:14a, NASB). That’s how Jesus stands forever. The word of God will last forever, and Jesus is the Word made flesh! Even after he is long gone, we still know his name today. How many other people can say that? And how many of those people are still speaking today? The answer is 1.

Ok, so Jesus is a forever thing, that’s great. We all get it, but if you’re anything like me, I didn’t quite understand how good of new that was. Then I read a psalm. It was one I knew, and had read before. But what makes this psalm stand out is that it has a message that gets stated, over and over, 26 different times! God wants us to understand it, and Jesus is the one that brings it to us. The psalm says “His faithful love endures forever” (Psalm 136, NLT). FOREVER! Not for a short while. Not even for a long while. His loves lasts forever!!!!!! How can this be, unless the person doing the loving lasts forever. We can trust Jesus because he is forever kinda guy, and will love you and me forever.

 

Psalms to Pray: Psalm 18

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