Past, Present, Future

So many great powers have taken part in the flow of history.  We’ve all heard of Egypt, Assyria, Babylon, Persia, Greece, Rome, England, German, Russia and the United States.  But the pivotal point of history is not associated with any of these “great” powers.  It takes place on a small hill in the small country of Israel.
All of history hinges on the death of Jesus on the cross.  Without this sacrifice nothing else matters: nothing before, nothing after.
As Jesus is hanging on the cross, He is able to look out over not only the crowd gathered around Him, but also out over all of history.  His sacrifice impacts everyone who has ever lived.
With outstretched arms, Jesus looks out and offers to take care of our past.  All of us have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.  We know that the just punishment for sin is spiritual death.  But Jesus says, “I can take care of that.”
“Oh, but my sins are too big to be forgiven,” so many people are heard to say.  Really?  Read 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 and similar passages.  Read the sins that had been committed by people in Corinth before they became Christians.  Satan would like for us to believe our sins are unforgiveable, but Jesus disagrees.
The Jesus, our sins can be forgiven (Colossians 2:13) and taken away (John 1:29).  Jesus offers reconciliation (Romans 5:10,11), justification (Romans 5:9) and redemption (Romans 3:24).  He provides propitiation (Romans 3:25-26).  This means atone or removal or covering of our sins.
Like Paul, lets put our former lives behind us (Philippians 3:8-14).
With outstretched arms, Jesus looks out and offers to take care of our present.  Sooner or later we all come to realize that this world is not a perfect place.  We struggle with our health, with our finances, with our jobs, with our relationships.  Nothing seems to go right.  But Jesus says, “I can take care of that.”
Isn’t that the point of Matthew 6:25-34?  We don’t need to be anxious about the matters of this life.  If we seek first the kingdom of God, the other things will be taken care of.  We can place all of our anxiety on God, 1 Peter 5:7 promises, because He cares for us.
Jesus instructs us in Matthew 28:19,20 to make disciples of all the nations.  But He also promises to be with us always, even to the end of the age.
With outstretched arms, Jesus looks out and offers to take care of our future.  Everyone wonders what happens after this life.  Many come to the conclusion that we die and that is the end of everything.  There is nothing after this life.  Those who are wiser, though, understand that something awaits us on the other side of death.  And it is frightening to anticipate the uncertainty of death or, even worse, to dread the prospect of eternity in hell.  But Jesus says, “I can take care of that.”
Paul knows that his future involves a crown of righteousness, adding that the same crown awaits all who love and obey Jesus (2 Timothy 4:8).
John promises that the Scriptures provide assurance of eternal life (1 John 5:13).
“I will never forsake you,” Jesus promises in Hebrews 13:5.  “The Lord is my helper,” the writer responds in the next verse, “I will not be afraid.  What shall man do to me?”
And then verse eight offers the critical observation.
“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today, yes and forever.”

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