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Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. Hebrews 13:8

Yesterday, so to speak, Jesus Christ lived on this earth. He led an inconspicuous and unremarkable existence until the last three years of His life. Those three years and the final dramatic events of His time on earth, when He died and came back to life, occurred to show the way to God and the way of God – described as “good news.” Mark 1:15 His message and approach was controversial, but He was single-minded in His mission to reach people with God’s good news.

Jesus showed the way of God through His teachings and His actions. He taught the truth about God. He had compassion on those He saw as confused and wandering aimlessly in life. He healed broken lives. Matthew 9:35-36 In particular, He set people free. He announced and enacted freedom from oppression for those who were trapped, battered, weighed down, in debt and in sin. His teachings and actions brought physical, mental, social and spiritual freedom. Luke 4:16-21

The way to God, said Jesus, was through Him. It was His death and His power to overcome death that gave people access to God. 1 Peter 3:18 Following His restoration to life, Jesus entered heaven itself. Mark 16:19 It is here, the Bible tells us, that He is at God’s side in the place of honor and authority. He has “the ear of God” – the undivided attention of God. There is no one who has a closer relationship to God than Jesus Christ. In fact, John 17:21 tells us that Jesus and the Father are one.

In His heavenly place with God, Jesus continues to give us access to God. Jesus is constantly working for us. He presents and argues our case. 1 John 2:1 NLT says: “if anyone does sin, we have an advocate who pleads our case before the Father.” He is our representative – intervening for us. Romans 8:34 NLT Jesus is still compassionate, healing broken lives and setting people free.

Jesus’ work is ongoing and never ceasing. Hebrews 7:24-25 MSG says: “Jesus’ priesthood is permanent. He’s there from now to eternity to save everyone who comes to God through Him, always on the job to speak up for them.”

It is through Jesus Christ that even now we can know the way of God and the way to God. Jesus’ message may still be controversial but He continues to represent the truth about God and through His actions, shows the way to God.

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