Jesus Christ The Same Yesterday, And Today, And Forever

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SC-29 And what... of course that's what Baptist call truth, is grace message.

And I said, "Yes sir."

And he said, "Do you deal a lot with the Pentecostals?"

And I said, "Sure."

He said, "Have they really got anything?"

I said, "Yes, sir." That's right.

And he said, "Well, I've seen them went into the buildings where they kicked the furniture, and turned over everything in there."

I said, "Yep. That's right: children." But I said, "They got a blessing. By--by all of it, there's something that we Baptists have never touched yet in them there." And I said, "I say that with respect."

He said, "Here's what I come to you about. I've come a long ways."

He brought another man with him, which was a bosom friend of Hyman Appleman, and so forth; and Hyman's seeking the Holy Ghost himself.

SC-30 So then, when setting there in my room, in my--in the parlor by the coffee table, they... He said, "Brother Branham," said, "I talked to, approached a fine Indian boy from India, that had been brought over here and was educated in, oh, I believe mechanics or something. And anyhow, he was going back to India and said... I said to him, 'Now, going back to India, why don't you just forsake...'" He was Mohammedan, said, "Why don't you forsake that old dead prophet of yours and receive a resurrected Lord Jesus?"

So he said, "The Indian boy looked at me just as bright and intelligent."

He said, "Kind sir, could your Jesus do anything more for me than what my Mohammed could do?"

He said, "Certainly."

Said, "What can he do, sir?"

Why, he said, "He can give you life."

Said, "We have life through Mohammed."

"Oh," he said, "You see, our... Your--your prophet is dead and in the grave. Our Jesus raised from the dead."

Said, "Did He?"

He said, "Certainly He did."

Said, "Can you prove it?"

Said, "Sure."

Said, "How can you?"

Said, "He lives in my heart."

Said, "So does Mohammed live in mine."

He said, "Well, you see..." Dr. Reedhead said, "Well, we have joy." Said, "We just have peace and everything."

SC-31 Said, "Kind sir, the Mohammedan religion can produce just as much psychology as Christianity can." That's right. He said, "Look, you people's had two thousand years to prove that your Lord raised from the dead." And said, "Only one-third of the world ever heard about it." He said, "Let our prophet raise from the dead, which he will someday, and the whole world will know about it in twenty-four hours."

That's right. That's true. You see? Christianity... Not Christianity, but the ministers of Christianity has totally failed. Greatest failure in the world is the clergy of Christianity, the messengers of Christianity.

So he said--said... He said, "Brother Branham, I realize I hadn't met just a overnight man." For he knew what he was talking to.

SC-32 And now, Dr. Reedhead of the pre... of the Sudan Missions... You can know... He said, "Brother Branham, I've got enough degrees of Doctor, and Bachelor of Arts, and so forth, that I could plaster your walls with them." But said, "In all of it, where's Jesus Christ?" He says, "Has the teachers been wrong?"

I said, "In one sense of the word, yes?" I said, "Not as I'm condemning your education. It's wonderful, sir." But I said, "But now, as far as the teachers telling you that's where it lays, by education, it isn't. It's by new birth.

And he said, "Well, this young Mohammedan boy..." said, "I seen that I had something on my hands." And said, "He turned around to me, and he said, "'Kind sir,' he said, 'I'm not condemning your Lord Jesus,' he said, 'You see, your Lord Jesus wrote a Book called the Bible.' And said, 'You read it and you believe it.' He said, 'My prophet wrote a bible called the Koran.' And said, 'We read it, and we believe it.' Said, 'Both of them promise life after death.' And said, 'We both believe it. What are you going to say?'"

"That's correct."

He said, "Mine's just as good as yours." He said, "But this one thing, kind, sir..." Now, here's what Dr. Reedhead was to see me about.

SC-33 He said, "Our Mohammed only promised life after death." But said, "Your Jesus promised that the same things that He did, you'd do also." Said, "Now, let me see you teachers produce that, and we Mohammedans will believe that He raised from the dead." There you are. Uh-huh. Said, "Let me see you teachers..."

And Dr. Reedhead said, "Oh, I--I suppose a... 'Course, sir," said, "You been reading the Bible?"

Said, "Yes, sir, I've read It all the way through several times. I've studied It."

He said, "Oh, you're probably referring to Mark 16?"

He said, "For one place, yes."

SC-34 He said, "Oh, well," said, "you see," said, "the better scholars know that Mark 16, from the 9th verse, where It said, 'These signs shall follow them that believe,'" said, "We better scholars learned that that's not inspired."

He said, "It isn't?" Said, "What kind of Book are you reading?" He said, "All the Koran's inspired." There you are.

He said, "Brother Branham, you come on my mind." He said, "I kinda hit my foot on the desk and changed the subject. I had to." Said, "Brother Branham, is there anything to the baptism of the Holy Ghost?"

I said, "Yes, sir."

He said, "When do you get It?"

I said, "When you want It."

He said, "I'm wanting it." And he got It right there. That's where It was. So that was what It was. See? That's it.

And this friend of Hyman Appleman said, "Can I receive It too?"

I said, "Yes, sir. If you're hungering and thirsting, you sure can receive It if you'll believe It."

And right there... and... he... They both received the baptism of the Holy Spirit."

Now, that is the defeat of Christianity, because that we're trying to worm away, or bypass for our traditions the true Word of the living God.

Now, if Jesus has risen from the dead, then He's the same yesterday, today, and forever. And He's the same in principle. He's the same in power. He's just exactly the same that He was when He walked in Galilee. He has to be the same in this tent this afternoon or the Bible's wrong.

SC-35 Now, to me, It's either right or It's wrong. And if It isn't right, I don't want nothing to do with It; I'm against It. But if It is right, I'm willing to seal my life's testimony with my blood, for I believe that It is the honest Truth. It's God's Eternal Word whether I have faith enough to--to make It real or not, that's a different question. But I believe It to be, absolutely, Word by Word. And every bit of It's inspired. That's right.

And Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Now, that's what I believe, and that will be my continual text: Jesus has risen from the dead and is the same.

Now, let's take a context here for a few moments, and speak of Jude. Thirty-three years after Pentecost Jude had wrote this Book and told the Church to earnestly contend for the faith that was once delivered to the saints.

SC-36 Now, this is the reason I say this friends... Let me show you something. Now, you people that come from a Baptist church, raise your hands. Don't be ashamed of it. I got mine up. All right. See what I mean? You that come from a Methodist church, raise your hands. Let's see your hands. There you are. Presbyterian? See? Just look around. Catholic? See? See what I mean? See, I'm from a Catholic family too. So all right.

All of us, different churches, different phases (See?), we're a mixed up group. And each one of us want to think that our church is earnestly contending for the faith. Now, I'm not condemning everyone, because I'm a member of every one of them. See? So I--I'm your brother, and I'm a member of the Church of the living God by being born.

SC-37 I've been in the Branham family for forty-six years, and they never did ask me to join the family. I was borned in it, that's the reason. And that's how it is. I believe in joining church. Sure, you ought to do that. Find you some good church and join it. But you're... That's just a earthly body of believers you're joining together. You're born into the Body of Jesus Christ by new birth. That's right.

And we believe that Methodists, Baptists, Presbyterian, and all that's born again, we're brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus (That's right.), every one of you. And wouldn't make a difference in your churches.

But now, let's go back and find out what Jude is speaking of thirty-three years after Pentecost. At the close of the New Testament, they are commanded to earnestly contend for the faith. Now, the only one way to do it...

If I run my church back to the Baptists and John Smith, well, I'd have to start from John Smith. And if I run the Methodist back, I'd have to start from John Wesley. And if I run the Christian back, I'd start from Alexander Campbell.

But if we're going to find out what the faith is that we're contend for, we've got to go back to the beginning when the saints first began, and see what kind of a faith that was first delivered unto them. And then, that's the faith that we're to earnestly contend for. Is that the context of that Scripture? See? We are to find out what faith that the saints had in the beginning, and then earnestly contend with that until Jesus comes, if He's the same.

SC-38 Now, the first thing... John the Baptist was the first of... He stood between law and grace. He really done no miracles; he just come in and introduced, being the greatest of the prophets, introduced the Lord Jesus Christ to the world. All the rest of the prophets spoke of Him coming, but John introduced Him. "Behold, the Lamb of God, that take away the sin of the world." His ministry was short, six months, no doctrine, just speaking of the coming of the Lord Jesus, and telling them, "Prepare to meet Him."

But when Jesus came, He was the beginning of the Christian church. Do you believe that? He's the beginning of the Christian church. And He introduced to the world the Christian faith, the Christ faith. And then His apostles that succeeded Him, carried out the same faith that He introduced. And if we can find out what that was, then we ought to earnestly contend for that. Don't you think so? Isn't that liberal to every one of us? You see?

I don't mean now, leave your church. I mean stay in your church and just keep this faith that was once delivered to the saints.

SC-39 Now, when Jesus came on earth, we find... We know His Christmas story. And... But His ministry begin at the age of thirty years old. When John the Baptizer, had baptized Him, and the Holy Spirit coming down from God, and the Voice from It, saying, "This is My beloved Son in Whom I am well pleased..."...

Jesus went into the wilderness and fasted forty days and nights. And when He come out, Satan tried to tempt Him because He was a law giver, like Moses.

When Moses come out from his forty day fast up on the mountain, where he had the two tables of stone, Satan tempted him at his weak spot. That was his temper. And he threw down the commandments and broke them. But when Satan met the Lord Jesus, he knowed that wasn't Moses. He caught Him at His weak spot, hunger. "If Thou be the Son of God, command these stones be turned to bread, and eat, 'cause You're hungry." But he realized that that wasn't Moses.

SC-40 Now, notice. Then what happened? Then immediately Jesus set in His ministry. And let's just follow Him for a few jumps. And of course, we'll pick it up on tomorrow night, and the next night, on going. Let's follow His ministry just a few minutes to see what He done.

SC-41 Now, we find out that He... First thing He begin to do was to preach the Gospel, and saying the Kingdom of heaven was at--was at hand, and so forth. Then we begin to notice one thing He begin to do was to heal the sick, causing great prayer lines and healing. And let's watch how He done it. And the way He done it, then... Here it is. Get it. The way He did it then, if He's the One to still do it today, then He will do it the same way today He did it then, if He's the same. Is that true? Would you believe it? See? The way He did it then, that's the way He will do it now. And... Because He's the same. He's raised from the dead.

Now, notice, when He begin, His ministry begin to shine forth, there was a fellow by the name of Philip come and got saved. And as soon as he got saved, he went and found another fellow named Nathanael, to get him saved. That was a good sign he got saved: he wanted to find his friend and get him saved. So he leaves Jesus at a certain city, and he journeys around the mountains over to another place. And he looks for his friend. And he found him out under a tree, praying. And he said, "Come, see Who I have found; Jesus of Nazareth, the Son of Joseph."

SC-42 And so, his friend was a real orthodox man, honest in heart, raised up and said, "Could there be any good thing come out of Nazareth?"

And I think he give him the best answer I ever heard. He said, "Come and see." Now, that's the best way to find out. Don't criticize. Don't stand off on the sidelines, listen to what someone else says, you come and see for yourself. That's the best way to find out.

Nathanael said to him, "Could anything good come out of Nazareth?"

Philip said, "Come and see."

"All right." They joined arms.

Now, watch, we're going to bring Jesus' ministry in. Here they come walking up into the--where the audience was standing, and so forth. Jesus praying for the sick, He looks up.

SC-43 Now, remember, we're beginning in Luke 1, right with Jesus, first of His ministry. And when He looked up around... He had been praying for the sick as they were passing by... He saw this fellow, Nathanael, who had... He didn't know. He was standing out in the audience somewhere. And Jesus lifted up His eyes and saw him. He said, "Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom there is no guile."

In other words, if I'd say it to a man this afternoon, I'd say, "You are a real Christian, an honest man."

Why, it astonished him. He said, "How did He know me?" He said, "Rabbi (or Teacher, Reverend, whatever you want to call it.), Rabbi, whence knowest Thou me? How did You know me? Why, I've never been around You. How did You know that I was a true, orthodox believer, and no guile? How did You know that?"

He said, "Before Philip called you, when you were under the tree."

That was Jesus yesterday. If He's raised from the dead, that's Jesus today. That'll be Jesus forever. Is that right?

Said, "Before Philip called you. When you were under the tree, I saw you."

SC-44 How could He see him over thirty miles away, and Him standing here. But He saw him thirty miles away under the tree, praying, when Philip come to him. Said, "When you were under the tree, before Philip called you, I saw you."

Now, what if that would take place in Los Angeles today; I mean, before the, what we would call the--the better people of Los Angeles? You know what they would say: Dr., Mr., Rev., Ph.D., Jones and them?

I hope there's not men's not here by that name. God bless you brother. I didn't mean to say that if I meant... But I just making a point. Excuse me, if I said that about you Brother Jones, if you're here. I didn't mean it in that way. You forgive me.

SC-45 But what would they say? You know what they'd say? "Humgh. Mental telepathy," or, "It's the devil. You're a fortuneteller. You're a witch." Well, they said the same thing about Jesus. They said, "He's Beelzebub." Beelzebub was the chief fortuneteller, the big fly that kept the--the prince of the devils. So he said, "Oh, it's Beelzebub. That's how He does that; He's got the power of the devil on Him."

And Jesus said, "That was blaspheming the Holy Ghost." That's right. He said, "Now, when I'm doing this, you can be forgiven for it. But when the Holy Ghost has come, and I'm dead, and He's come back; who speaks against That will never be forgiven." Is that right? It's what He said.

SC-46 So Philip and Nathanael... What did Nathanael say, the man on who the miracle was done? It was a miracle, was it? It's something past reasoning. It was a miracle. And when he seen Him, what did He say? He said, "Whence knowest Thou me, Rabbi?"

He said, "Before Philip called you when you were under the tree."

He said, "Thou art the Son of God. Thou art the King of Israel." He was willing to admit Him to be the Son of God, because He did this.

And Jesus looked at him and said, "Because I told you where you were, you believe?"

He said, "Yes."

He said, "You'll see greater things than this."

He was getting in conditioned then to see things. You can never see anything until you get into the spirit of it always. You can never see where Christianity's right until the Holy Spirit once saves you. Then you can see where it's right. Say well, "Amazing Grace how sweet the sound, you know. I once was blind but now I see."

That's the way you have to do by Divine healing. You have to get into the Spirit of it, the Holy Spirit, and let Him show you, and reveal Himself to you.

SC-47 Now, Jesus ministering, moved on. And the first thing you know, one day there was a--a woman come through the crowd. I'm just touching the high spots now, because our time will get away from us. We probably got about fifteen minutes yet.

And then, a woman came by one day, and she said in her heart, "If I can touch Him, I'll be healed." So she touched His garment and moved away out into the audience. And Jesus stopped... Now, remember, the Son of God, He stopped...

Do you believe He would tell a lie? Certainly not. He couldn't. He's infallible.

He said, "Who touched Me?"

And... Why, Peter said, "The whole crowd's a touching You. Well, why can You say, 'Who touched Me'?"

He said, "But I perceive that I've got weak." Weak. "My strength's gone from Me; virtue, gone out of Me." Said, "Somebody touched Me." And He looked around over the audience, and He seen the little woman had a blood issue. He said to her, "Thy faith has made thee whole."

SC-48 What happened? What taken place then? Her personal faith in Him being the Son of God pulled the power of God through Him to her. You believe that? Her own faith... Jesus said, "I have nothing to do with it. Your faith has made you whole."

Now, if Jesus has raised from the dead and is in our midst today, the same yesterday, today, and forever, He can do the same thing today. If it isn't, it isn't--He isn't raised from the dead. He's still in the grave. He's like Mohammed and the rest of them; it's false. But He promised it, and He's good to His promise.

Now, just a little farther. We could take many many quotations. There was a woman one time... Now, I want you to notice, Jesus was going to Jericho. If you was ever in the Orient, Jericho is right straight below Jerusalem. But it was needful.

Now, you keep that on your mind why He went up, to go up by the way of Samaria; I wonder why. Why, it's way out of the way, way up in the hill country here. But He was going down to Jericho, but He went around Samaria. For He had need to go by. I wonder why. Little bit we'll get to it.

SC-49 Anyhow, it was around dinner time, so He sent His disciples down into the city to get bread, vittles. And while they were gone away to buy these vittles, He set down against the well. If you ever in the Orients, you see how the grape harbors and things, and the windles there, how the woman come and put their pots and around, and draws the water out, and so forth, by this windle.

He set down over against some grape vines, as it was, over against the well. And it was about eleven o'clock in the day. And there was a woman of ill fame come out. She was a--a bad woman, as we believe it here. And she came out...

SC-50 Now, it might've been she'd--she was out all night, and just got up at that time of day. Or it might have been, that the women, if you want to know the real truth of it... She couldn't associate with other women. A bad woman over there is marked.

Like I was preached to you last night, the woman who washed Jesus feet. See?

Notice, she was marked, so she had to wait till all the virgins, and nice women, went out and got their water, then she could slip out and get her water.

So she came out to this well about eleven o'clock, or twelve, to let down the pot to get some water. And Jesus, a young Man in His thirties, setting over against the wall looking at her, He said, "Woman, bring Me a drink."

SC-51 Why, she turned around; she said, "It's not--it's not customary for you Jews to ask Samaritans such." Now, a Jew... a Samaritan was a half-breed like, between Jew and Gentile. It was a racial affair, like the... used to be here in United States between the colored and white. And they'd say, "It's not customary for you Jews to ask Samaritans any such thing."

He said, "But if you knew Who you were talking to, you would ask Me for a drink. And I'd give you water you don't come here to draw."

Well, the conversation went on. Now, I'll tell you later on what I think He was doing it for. To my opinion... I'll tell you now. He was contacting her spirit. That's exactly. He carried the conversation. Watch it in the audience. Watch it with the people. See if it don't work the same way. See? He was carrying a conversation with her to meet her spirit.

He said, "You'd ask Me for a drink, and I'd give you water you don't come here to draw."

She said, "The well's deep, and You have nothing to draw with."

He said, "The Water that I give is in your soul, bubbling up." He gone on, and talked to her till He found where her trouble was.

He said, "Go, get your husband."

She said, "I don't have any husband."

Said, "That's right." Said, "You got five, and the one you have now is not your husband."

SC-52 Look at her, a strange woman, and told her what? Look at her. She turned to Him, and she said, "Sir..." Now, listen at it. "Sir, I perceive that Thou art a prophet. I know, and we know, that when the Messiah cometh..." And Who is Messiah? Jesus, the Christ. "We know that when the Messiah cometh, He will do these things."

What's that a sign of? The Messiah, Messiahic sign. "We know that when the Messiah cometh, He will do these things, and tell us all these things. But Who are You? You must be a prophet."

Jesus said, "I am He that speaketh unto thee."

She left the water pot, and run into the city, all excited, and said, "Come see a Man Who told me everything I ever done. Isn't this the very Christ?"

Notice. Now, He never told her everything she--everything she done. He just told her that one thing. But if He could tell her that, He could tell her more. Said, "Come, see a Man Who told me everything I done. Isn't this the very Messiah?"

And the man come out and persuaded Jesus to come in. He never done no more miracles. But He begin to speak to them, and they believed on Him. Because why? It wasn't time for Jesus do any miracles there. He left that for Philip to do right immediately after Pentecost. They had the revival. But He had them prepared for when Philip come... 'Cause they'd already heard Him speak. And they knowed this miracle been performed by the woman--to--on the woman at the well.

SC-53 One more little quotation. Now, you've often heard people say this: that if Jesus was here He'd do so-and-so. If Jesus was here, His power would be limited to your faith, as it was then.

Now, Jesus never did say that He was a Healer. He never did take credit: very much contrary. Now, listen close. He said, "Verily, verily, I say unto you, the things that I do, shall you do also. And more than this..."

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