Clinical Pearls (Hebrews 13:8)

Medical residents and students love learning and memorizing clinical pearls. These are nuggets of wisdom, some handed down through generations of physicians, some found in medical journals and textbooks, and some discovered through one’s own clinical experiences. One familiar aphorism, originating with Dr. Theodore Woodward in the 1940’s is, “When you hear hoofbeats, think horses not zebras!” In other words, common diseases are common and rare disease are rare. A patient presenting with flu-like symptoms most likely has the flu and not an obscure disease like familial Mediterranean fever. This phrase has even found its way to contemporary medical television shows such as “Scrubs” and “House”. This pearl lives on and will continue to be taught to successive generations of physicians.

 

Is there a spiritual pearl that I have learned and can also pass down to future generations? Is there an aphorism that will impart wisdom and still remain fresh and unchanging?

 

Throughout the years, Jesus Christ has been variously depicted in literature and the arts. “Jesus Christ Superstar” depicted Jesus as a conflicted and insecure man, stripped of His divinity. “Godspell” presented Jesus as a warm and engaging teacher, void of His miraculous powers and Godhead.  If Jesus Christ has so many identities, how can I speak of an eternal Truth? What spiritual pearl can I pass along to future generations?

 

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.

Hebrews 13:8 (ESV)

 

Jesus is not a flawed and insecure leader. He is not merely a man unsure of His duty to God nor is He simply a great teacher. He does not change based upon man’s cultural norms or social trends. There is only one Jesus Christ-Lord, Savior, Creator and Sustainer of the Universe.

 

He is the same for all eternity!

 

Jesus is our inestimable Pearl!

 

Amen!

 

Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.

 

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