Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever
Not many men would admit this, but I’m a fan of Hallmark movies. Occasionally, there’s a story about a gal who has been left at the altar. Her husband-to-be changed his mind. She’s so severely shaken that she vows to never enter into a serious relationship again. Of course, in the end, Mr. Right comes along, she falls in love, and lives happily ever after.
That’s the way it goes in the movies. But in life, many disappointments don’t have happy endings. We learn to live with them, but the scars remain.
Nothing you have today will remain the same. That’s good news as it relates to your problems, because they will ultimately be a thing of the past. But even the good things will disappear.
If changing circumstances don’t get us, the shifting sands of time will.
Did you ever see a Hollywood star from the 80s and how that person looks today? When you see them again you say something like, “Oh, my goodness. What happened to him?” I have the same reaction when I look in the mirror.
There is only one thing in life that will never change. That is the person and promises of Christ. Our focus text puts it this way, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever…”
His greatness doesn’t get better with time. He’s not improving with age, growing in knowledge, or learning new gems of wisdom to share with us. The Lord doesn’t have to rely on an opinion survey or a research project to formulate a hypothesis. His rules don’t change with the times.
Jesus has always been great, omniscient, omnipresent, omnipotent, and immutable (unchanging and unchangeable.) In John 1:1 we read, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”
The Word as referenced in John 1:1 is Jesus. We know that by what is said in verse 14. “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.” Remember. The Word (Jesus) was with God. The Word (Jesus) is God. Jesus emphasized that fact in John 10:30. “I and the Father are one.”
It’s not surprising that many people think Jesus’ life began upon his birth to Mary in Bethlehem. But that is when He made his dwelling among us to save us from our sins. Jesus, God’s Son, is God, and has always been.
The Bible opens with reference to the Godhead (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit), working in creation. “Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.” (Genesis 1:2) Then in verse 26 we read, “Then God said, ‘Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness…’”
The Apostle Paul brings it all together in Colossians 1:15-16.
The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him.
As children, most of us learned the hymn, What a Friend We have in Jesus. But he is so much more than just a friend. Jesus is God.
Now back to our focus text from the book of Hebrews. “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.”
Your life will undergo many changes and you will suffer many disappointments, but the promises of Jesus will never change because he has the unchanging and unchangeable power and authority to back them up.
With Jesus, there is and will be no disappointment. “Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” (Romans 5:5)
For more on this topic, check out this article: Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus
Reprinted from The Forever Notebook, Book 2 (April – June) Get your copy here: Paperback and eBook/Kindle formats.