“And, “You, Lord, laid the foundation of the earth in the beginning, and the heavens are the work of your hands; they will perish, but you remain; they will all wear out like a garment, like a robe you will roll them up, like a garment they will be changed. But you are the same, and your years will have no end.”” (Hebrews 1:10–12, ESV)
Many of us keep our savings in a bank that is FDIC insured. Others keep valuable items in a safe or safe-deposit-box. The reason we do so is that in these we feel that the things that are precious to us are secure regardless of what disaster may beset us.
Today, many people do not feel personally secure. About every decade, someone will come up with a doomsday scenario. In the year 2000 I heard of a church that had all of its members sell everything they had and moved west to establish an isolated community free from the impending Y2K disaster. In 2012, some theorized that according to the Mayan calendar that the world would end. When I grew up in the 1950’s, there was a great fear of a nuclear holocaust that would destroy the planet.
It is great assurance that we as believers need not fear about these types of doomsday predictions. The reason is that we have a safe place in Christ.
As I mentioned in previous devotions, in chapter one of Hebrews, the writer gives several references from the Old Testament to show Jesus’ supremacy to the angels. In verses 10-12, we see a quote from Psalm 102:25-27, that speaks of Jesus as the eternal creator of the universe. Importantly, the Psalmist added that the heavens and the earth as we know them will someday perish, the Lord will roll them up like an old garment and they shall be changed. Peter echoed this thought stating the heavens and the earth will someday be dissolved and then there will be new heavens and a new earth (2 Peter 3:10-13). Yet, even with this dissolution of the heavens and earth and the recreation of these things, Jesus will remain the same. He never changes. He is the same yesterday, today and forever. He will not perish and He will not change. He is the Alpha and the Omega, the eternal one.
Here is the greatest news for us as believers. We who have believed in Jesus have our dwelling place in Him. Paul often used the expression “in Christ” to describe believers. We were baptized by the Spirit into Christ’s body (1 Cor 12:13). There is no condemnation for those who are in Christ (Rom 8:1). In Christ, we become the righteousness of God (2 Cor 5:21). Our life is hidden with Christ in God (Col 3:3).
This is the great news. Although the heavens and earth shall dissolve, since we are in Christ who never changes and is eternal, we will remain absolutely secure in Him. Nothing will beset us that can remove us from our position of security in Him. Though the heavens and earth shall dissolve, we will remain in Him and live to see the glorious recreation of the heavens and earth. We who believe in Christ shall never pass away. We have eternal life. We are safe in Him.
If you have read this today and not trusted in Christ alone for eternal life, you have much to fear. Trust Him today by faith. He died on the cross to save you from sin and its penalty. All have sinned and all are doomed to eternal judgment. It is only by trusting in Christ and His finished work of dying on the cross to pay the penalty for your sins that you can escape the judgment. If you do not escape the judgment, you will perish. If you trust Him, you will live safe in Jesus to see the new heavens and the new earth.