Yesterday, Today and Forever
"Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today, yes and forever." Hebrews 13:8
Someone has said, "The only thing that is permanent, is change."
We are all aware of how time changes things.
In a matter of a few seconds, a tragic accident can take place, leaving one crippled for life.
In a matter of minutes, a house can burn, destroying all of one’s possessions.
In a matter of days, the stock market can change, making one a millionaire or a pauper.
All of us can easily recall the changes that have taken place in our lives during the past year.
And we are certainly aware that the coming year will bring more changes, although we have no way of knowing whether those changes will be for the better or for worse.
In a world in which we are confronted with constant change, it is encouraging to know there is an unchanging reality which will never change.
"Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today, yes and forever."
While it is true Christ, the eternal Son of God, did experience change when He became flesh and dwelt among us, it is equally true there was no change as to His essential eternal attributes.
According to His own words, He was always one with God the Father.
John 10:30 "I and the Father are one."
Time and space will allow us to consider only some of His unchanging attributes.
Christ’s absolute holiness is unchanging. "For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin." (Hebrews 4:15)
Christ was born without sin and lived His entire earthly life without sin.
Pilate gave testimony to the innocence of Christ: "And Pilate said to the chief priests and the multitudes, "I find no guilt in this man." (Luke 23:4) His holy life, enabled Him to save sinners.
"He (God) made Him (Christ) who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
(II Corinthians 5:21) In His holiness, Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever. That unchanging holiness qualifies Him to be the only true Redeemer.
Christ’s faithfulness is unchanging.
His followers can be confident He is the same, yesterday, today and forever.
This means that they can always depend upon Christ.
He is not one thing one day and another thing the next day.
"Do you not know? Have you not heard?
"The Everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth does not become weary or tired.
"His understanding is inscrutable. He gives strength to the weary, And to him who lacks might He increases power." (Isaiah 40: 28-29)
Finally, Christ’s truth is unchanging.
He said "Heaven and earth may pass away, but my words will never pass away."
Nothing is more foolish than to think new times and changing trends mean Christ’s words are no longer relevant.