Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” Hebrews 13:8
It was a long, long time ago. Judy and I were living in Warrensburg, Missouri. I was in the Air Force and God was in the process of preparing me for the great adventure of becoming a pastor. About then the letter came. It was an invitation, an advertisement really, to come and look at some vacation property. If we came, they were going to give us a grandfather clock. I liked clocks.
Well, let’s be clear. There was no way we could afford to buy much of anything. With two daughters under three and living on a government salary there wasn’t much to spare. But I liked clocks–a lot. So, I made the phone call and spoke to a happy person who was glad to set up an appointment for us. We were going to go and see what we couldn’t afford and listen as they tried to convince us to buy what we couldn’t afford. Why did we even bother? I liked clocks.
So, we drove for the hour, looked at the property, listened to their pitch and then explained that we could not afford the property. After a long back and forth they finally figured out that–you guessed it–we couldn’t afford the property. It was a no sale. It was time to go and then I asked about the prize–the grandfather clock.
“Oh that,” she said. “Just a moment” she said. I waited with anticipation. I had seen several grandfather clocks in showrooms and houses of the rich and famous so I couldn’t wait to see mine. It was then she walked out. In her hands was a 24-inch, brown plastic, electric, imitation, not even close to real, pretend grandfather clock. You see, they had promised one thing and delivered another, and I was left very disappointed.
My heart told me it couldn’t be true. It seemed too good to be true–and it was. But I wanted the clock so badly I was willing to believe anything. I wish I could tell you I learned the lesson that day, but I am still a hungry fish when it comes to baited hooks. That tends to make people like me a bit skeptical. No free lunch–too good to be true.
And then there is Jesus. I mean He makes all these “out of this world” claims about loving me unconditionally; about forgiving my sins, failures and mistakes no matter how many and how bad; to never, ever leave me or abandon me; and to live with Him in heaven…forever. That just sounds too good to be true. But guess what–it is.
You see Jesus isn’t some company hawking impossible dreams to people and promising grandfather clocks and giving plastic imitations. He is the real deal. He is everything He said He is. He did everything He said He did. He has kept every promise He ever made. 100% authentic. Hebrews 13:8 says, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.”
The clock was important to me for another reason. I just knew it would make me feel better about me–richer, more important, more blessed, more something. Well, that didn’t happen. Instead, I walked out of the showroom feeling less than ever. Let me tell you about Jesus. He thinks you hung the moon. He thinks you are of incredible value–remember He died for you! He would choose you to be in His family again, and again, and again and He can’t wait to spend eternity with you. And those big, hairy monsters we face in life? He can whip them all.
So, don’t let the “too good to be true experiences” taint your view of Jesus. He really is the real deal. All the craziness of our present reality bow at His feet for He is the all-powerful, living Son of God. Oh, by the way…I have a real grandfather clock now, but it really isn’t a big deal–never was. It’s just a clock. Jesus, well, He’s my friend and so much more. I hope He is yours. Rest in Him. He’s got this. Bro. Dewayne