One of the most wonderful things about Jesus is that He never changes. I love that about Him! He’s not kind one day and harsh the next. He’s not ready to heal one minute and reluctant the next. He’s always “Jesus Christ [the Anointed One] the same yesterday, and today, and for ever” (Hebrews13:8).
He is always the same as He was in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. There, we see a Jesus Who is easily entreated. We see Him healing and delivering people at every turn. The people who came to Him on the dusty roads of Galilee didn’t have to struggle and convince Him to help them. They simply asked, and He answered. It was easy for them to receive from Jesus.
Most outstanding of all, Jesus never said no to Most outstanding of all, Jesus never said no to the people who came to Him in faith. He always supplied their need.
Religious tradition has taught us that at some time during the past 2,000 years, Jesus changed. He started telling people no when they asked for healing. He told them their sickness was teaching them something. Religious tradition has said the days of Jesus’ miracles have passed away.
But that’s just not true.
I was reading Acts recently when the Lord strongly reminded me of that. In fact, He used the first few verses of Acts 1 to impress it on my heart in a fresh way. In those verses, we see Jesus preparing to leave the earth to go sit at the Father’s right hand. He is speaking to the disciples, saying:
Ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight. And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel; Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven (verses 8-11).