Same

Posted: November 26, 2013 in Hebrews

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” – Hebrews 13:8

Same

a:  not changed

b:  being one without addition, change, or discontinuance

c:  unchanged in character, condition, etc.

 

I cannot claim to be the same person I was 10 years ago.  Or five years ago.  Or three years ago for that matter.  My walk with the Lord and with my family in Christ continues to shape and mold me into the person I am becoming.

We can’t find many things that stay the same in this world.  Current events shape who we are and what we think about issues around the globe. Pop culture tells us what to pay attention to.  Even events in our family can change all sorts of dynamics.  We don’t know much that remains unchanged.

I think we sometimes forget that Jesus Christ never changes.  Maybe we think that His definition of salvation has modernized.  Or maybe we think that He has started to rate sins on a scale of evilness.  We impose our own ever-evolving ideas on a Christ who is always the same.

Biblical scholar Matthew Henry writes the following about Jesus being ever the same:

“Christ is the same in the Old Testament day. As in the gospel day, and will be so to his people for ever, equally merciful, powerful, and all-sufficient. Still he fills the hungry, encourages the trembling, and welcomes repenting sinners: still he rejects the proud and self-righteous, abhors mere profession, and teaches all whom he saves, to love righteousness, and to hate iniquity. Believers should seek to have their hearts established in simple dependence on free grace, by the Holy Spirit, which would comfort their hearts, and render them proof against delusion.”

The Jesus who Paul knew so intimately is the same Jesus we can know intimately.  From before the foundation of the world Jesus is the same Savior we place our hope and trust in today.  He is the same Jesus who saves the lost today as He was when He extended His hand to you.

In this world of constant change, Jesus stands as an immovable rock that we can show to a world of sinking sand.

Father, in this ever-changing world, help us remember that you remain the same throughout all space and time.

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