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Jesus, Our Rock

” “For I, the Lord, do not change; therefore you, O sons of Jacob, are not consumed.Malachi 3:6

People sometimes say, “The only constant is change.” Fortunately, this is not true. There is One who never changes. Jesus Christ will always remain the same. What a comfort for believers! But it’s hard to find refuge in someone we don’t know well. So let’s explore Jesus’ actions to learn more about His nature.

Jesus forgave others. He showed mercy, not judgment, to those who recognized their sin. For example, Jesus had compassion on the woman caught in adultery and stopped her death penalty with a few wise words. Then, instead of pronouncing condemnation, He said that her sins were forgiven (John 8:1-11).

Jesus comforted the hurting. He visited Mary and Martha, who were mourning the loss of their brother Lazarus (John 11:1-45).

Jesus provided for needs. After spending three days healing all kinds of disabilities, He was concerned that the large crowd hadn’t eaten. He could have sent all 4,000 away to find their own food, but He provided more than enough to satisfy their hunger (Mark 8:1-9).
Jesus interceded for His disciples. Just before He was crucified, He asked the Father to protect and sanctify His followers, including you and me (John 17:13-21, especially v. 20).

Jesus strengthened believers and gave them power to do God’s work. In Acts 1:8, the Lord sent His disciples out to share the gospel, assuring them, “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you.”

He still forgives. He still comforts. He still provides. He still intercedes. He still empowers. What a blessing that we can find refuge in our amazing Lord!

(Copyright 2012 In Touch Ministries, Inc.)