“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” Hebrews 13:8
Faith Lutheran School is one of 1150 early childhood centers, 793 Elementary schools, and 86 high schools in the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod. Your child is one of 200,000 students in Lutheran schools across the United States of America. This week, Lutheran schools across the country are celebrating National Lutheran Schools Week.
The theme for the week is “It’s Still All About Jesus.” This theme is taken from Hebrews 13:8, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.”
The letter to the Hebrews exhorts its readers to “Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the Word of God… imitate their faith.” (13:7) Why? There were those who were trying to introduce strange and diverse teachings (13:9). These teachings were different from what was spoken by previous pastors who spoke the pure Word of God to them. New teachers brought a new teaching. Who were the people to believe? Believe those who speak the pure Word of God.
The reliability of the Word of God is found in Jesus. Since Jesus is the same yesterday and today and forever so is the Word of God. Jesus is the Word made flesh. He is the Truth. He is the foundation upon which the prophetic and apostolic Scriptures are built. Jesus is the unchanging and steadfast content of the Word of God.
One of the sufferings the Church has had to endure is the popularization of an evolutionary approach to understanding Biblical inspiration, revelation and interpretation. Such an approach imagines that Biblical doctrines evolved from the simple into more complex, even new and different, teachings over time. Even more, they assert that Christian doctrines continue to evolve today and will into the future. The Letter to the Hebrews doesn’t allow us to speculate in this way… the Word of God does not change since Jesus Christ remains the same.
A classical Lutheran education is rooted in the unchanging Word of Jesus. Its adherents believe that eternal Truth exists, can be known and is most certainly given in the Holy Scriptures. Classical Lutheran schools may utilize curricula from Saxon or Singapore Math; Veritas or Memoria Press History. Yet, the Holy Scriptures remain foundational to our curriculum. In truth, we believe that “all Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” (2 Tim 3:16)
In 1520, Martin Luther wrote of the schools that were to be established in Germany, “I would advise no one to send his child where the Holy Scriptures are not supreme. Every institution that does not unceasingly pursue the study of God’s word becomes corrupt.” (LW 44:207) Luther is right. It is my prayer that Christian parents might find a school where the Holy Scriptures are supreme and are unceasingly studied at Faith Lutheran School of Plano.