God's Immutability in Resurrection Glory
The Lenten sermon series on the character of God is a timely one for me, as I am in the midst of reading with some friends through scriptures related to His attributes. As my friends and I looked this past week at the immutability of God, I was struck by how inseparable this is from our celebration of the resurrection. Because God cannot lie and He does not change, His plan of redemption has been the same since before the foundation of the world. He revealed it to Abraham and “guaranteed it with an oath,” swearing by His own immutable self “because [He] wanted to show his unchangeable purpose even more clearly to the heirs of the promise…. So that … we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to seize the hope set before us. We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.” (Hebrews 6:17-19, CSB)
In the Tuesday ladies Bible study, we recently studied John 18-19. I was amazed to see in this account of the crucifixion how Jesus completely controlled the events, orchestrating each detail according to the plan of the Father as revealed through the ages in the Old Testament scriptures. “After this, when Jesus knew that everything was now finished, that the Scripture might be fulfilled, he said, “I’m thirsty…. When Jesus had received [some] sour wine, he said ‘It is finished.’ Then bowing His head, He gave up His spirit.” (John 19:28-29, CSB) He was not a victim; he was the unchangeable Word, the creator of all things, exercising his unchangeable power to accomplish an unchangeable purpose!
But it didn’t stop there! Because God is immutable, his power never lessens, and he remains eternal. He did not continue in the grave; He rose from the dead as he had planned! Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, today, and forever is now exalted as our Great High Priest to the right hand of God the Father. And “because he remains forever, he holds his priesthood permanently. Therefore, he is able to save COMPLETELY those who come to God through him, since he always LIVES to intercede for them.” (Hebrews 7:24-25, CSB, emphasis mine)
Oh, Hallelujah! Our hope is built on nothing less.
Love’s redeeming work is done, Alleluia!
Fought the fight the battle won, Alleluia!
Death in vain forbids him rise, Alleluia!
Christ has opened paradise, Alleluia!